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Big charity concert with women’s choir

The choir is jumping outdoors in wintertime. Linköping University Women’s Choir (Linnea), will be performing at a charity concert on 6 March with songs about and by women and four invited speakers on stage. All the proceeds will go to Linköping Women’s Shelter.

With the concert Ett knippe kvinnokamp (A sprig of women’s struggle), to be held in the Kårallen Building cafeteria the week before International Women’s Day, the choir wants to challenge the view of women in choral music.

Rehearsal. Music stands in the foreground.“We got the idea last autumn; on the way home from a rehearsal with the women’s choir, we were talking about how wrong it is that we are always portrayed as pretty and delicate and wonderfully graceful. Imagine if that’s not at all how we are, or want to be. Imagine, rather, we’re funny and inappropriate and maybe a bit ugly,” says Ellen Varve, a singer in the choir who studies economics on weekdays.

The Women’s Choir decided to put on a charity concert - “A sprig of women’s struggle” - and the chorus-singer Lisa Norrgren, future graduate in business administration, was appointed project manager.

“We want to show that we certainly can be portrayed as something other than pretty, delicate and graceful. We’re going to do songs that portray women in a novel way, or magnificent songs written by women.” 

On the stage with the Linköping University Women’s Choir in the Kårallen Building cafeteria will be two guest choirs, Linköping University Male Student Choir and Indiekören. Plus four speakers specially invited to offer their words of wisdom.

Logo for the concert.“They are Elin Fredriksson, who works with women's shelters in Linköping; Marianne Hamilton, who sits on the boards of many companies and who has also written books including Några råd till min kära dotter (Some advice to my dear daughter); Christina Hörnell, director musices of LiU; and County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson.”

The concert will begin at 17:30; entry will be free but obviously the choir hopes the audience will leave voluntary donations.

“All funds collected will go to shelters in Linköping for women and girls.”


Photo: Linköping University Women's Choir

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