- A premiere of this kind only happens on one occasion - it's a special nerve when the audience and the composer get to meet the work for the first time, and to listen to Katherine Osborne, makes it extra special, says Erik Westberg, professor of choral conducting at the Luleå University of Technology.
Carl Unander Scharin's work is called The Cloud of Unknowing and is based on a text from medieval England. The text was written by an anonymous monk in the 1300s and deals with timeless questions about how, as a human being, to relate to and try to get to know God.
- It's a real vocal challenge - but with good music you get motivated to do the work justice, says Erik Westberg.
40 million listeners
The concert that takes place in Studio Acusticum on February 4 will also be broadcast internationally via EBU. The countries that will be given the opportunity to enjoy the work are Portugal, Estonia, Sweden and the Netherlands. A potential audience of over 40 million listeners.
- But it is enough with 1 per cent listeners to equal 25 filled Globe Arenas, says Erik Westberg and are excited about the opportunity to win new listeners.
- Of course, it is fantastic to reach an international audience in this way.