Sept 12th (Molde Cathedral) and Sept 13th (Kirkelandet Church, Kristiansund)
One of the most popular (and beautiful!) works for choir, boy soprano and orchestra was performed two days in a row for the opening of this year's Kristiansund Church, Art and Culture Festival (KKKK Festival). The music in question was Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, conducted by festival director Peder A. Rensvik, and Aksel did an excellent job as the contracted boy soprano. The concerts (of which Per Arne Glorvigen's new Stabat Mater constituted the main part) were reviewed in the regional newspapers, with special mention of Aksel:
Eilif Odde from Tidens Krav concluded his review proclaiming that:
"The boy soprano Aksel Johannes Skramstad Rykkvin was almost worth the price of admission on his own."
Rolf Strand from Romsdals Budstikke was impressed as well:
"In the second part, the 12 year old boy soprano Aksel Johannes Skramstad Rykkvin did an impressive effort. That such a young person is able to perform such a difficult solo part, virtually flawless in timbre and intonation!"
Voice teacher: Marianne Willumsen Lewis