Eikanger inspire the next generation
Amidst preparations for their debut appearance at the British Open Championships Norwegian champion Eikanger Bjorsvik has been inspiring the next generation of young Hordaland players at the annual four-day summer camp. It was the 21st time that the band had run the Holiday Play Scheme for over 100 children from 30 different schools in the Bergen and surrounding areas.
Spokesperson Viggo Bjorge commented on the initiative: "We are keen to add something extra to the summer attractions for children in our area, one based on music making and plenty of fun. We are as an organisation very aware of the importance of being strongly involved in educational and motivation programmes for young players, who are already becoming such an important part of the future for local and regional banding."
Over 50 adults linked to Eikanger were involved as conductors, tutors, activity co-ordinators and even kitchen staff for the youngsters aged between 7 and 19, and all giving up their time free of charge.
Former Eikanger principal cornet player Jane Westervik brought her 9 year old daughter Ingrid for her first taste of 'Feriespel'. Jane was one of the founders of the initiative in 1998, with Viggo adding that this special link was delightful, "Jane was a truly wonderful player who has inspired so many youngsters with her playing over the years, so to see her here this year with Ingrid was a delight."
The event concluded with special concert under the direction of conductors Kjetil Djønne, Ben Hirons and Agnes Maria Fjermestad, with the very appropriate 'Circle of Life' by Elton John providing the Grand Finale.