Cycling choir spreads joy
Heads turn and mobile phones are raised to catch the moment when the cycling choir of the championships, Bergen University Official Men´s choir, rides through the finishing area in Bergen.
Story by Tobias Dahlberg
Music plays a large part in Bergen´s rich cultural history. And music stills hold a great part in the vibrant contemporary cultural life in the city. Of course, this has to be showed to and experienced by the visitors during the UCI World Road Championships. So why not make it a performance done from a seat of a bike.
Just to paint the picture of the music heritage in Bergen, The Philharmonic Orchestra was founded over 250 years ago making it one the world’s oldest. Famous composers as Edvard Grieg and Ole Bull origin from Bergen. And even the Norwegian national anthem has been written here.
Ole-Andreas Førde, conductor of Arme Riddere, the official choir of Bergen University, hops off his bike for a moment and tells us about their assignment during race week.
- We’ve been picked to go around and sing and cycle throughout the whole week, starting yesterday. People are really excited and surprised, they don´t expect it at all, Førde says.
Adding they are very pleased with being a part of the event and doing something fun for both visitors and Bergensere.
Førde, resident in Bergen for the last seven years, says the idea with a cycling choir came about when the committee planning the cultural events asked them to perform. The bikes just seemed as a natural step to add. Hopefully visitors will not miss out on Arme Riddere. The choir will move around to different spots making their voices heard.
Happy singer cyclists
- We are really happy doing this, although I will most likely have to watch replays of the races, but we hope to catch a glimpse now and then at least, Førde says on being on choir duty all week.
The official men´s choir of Bergen University is called Arme Riddere. Not only do they aim for a great singing performance, but also camaraderie and expanding the cultural life of students attending the University of Bergen is part of their daily agenda.
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