Article in Norwegian, published 17 11 2019 by Sørlandsavisen

Text & Photo: Tomas Fordelsen

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Crowded: It was packed in front of the stage when Alexander Rybak was playing with students from Knuden in Kildens foyer.


The place was crowded when Alexander Rybak played with students from the Cultural School in Kilden on Friday, November 16.

During this year’s cultural school concert on Friday, November 16, Alexander Rybak himself showed up with his fiddle. It was, according to the culture school, Rybak himself, who initiated the cooperation to play with the students at Knuden, Kristiansand Culture School.

– I am so touched and happy when I see how much talent there is here in Kristiansand, and I hope you all will take good care of the talent you have, because it is special, said Alexander Rybak from the stage after opening the concert with the hit song, Fairytale, with which he won the European Melodi Grand Prix final ten years ago.


He finished with the song Friends, from the fairytale about Trolle and the magic fiddle, and performed both songs with students from Knuden. Both winds, strings and choirs were present, and there was a great crowd in front of the stage in Kildens foyer. Half the foyer was full of children, parents and grandparents that day. Most had to stand, and it was a battle for the best places in front of the stage.


Alexander Rybak reappears as “Trolle and the magic fiddle”, in a performance at Kilden Theater and Concert Hall. The musical premieres on November 28 and runs almost daily until December 28.


“Trolle and the Magic Fiddle” is an adventure about daring to be different, and accepting what is different in others. Trolle is not like everyone else. He lacks a tail, and that is something the other trolls never let him forget. One day, Trolle finds a magic fiddle that can change everything, but the fiddle doesn’t only bring good, and soon Trolle gets in trouble. That’s when the human child Alva shows up and shows the Trolle the power of true friendship.

– For me it has been important to write the story of Trolle. It is important for me to tell children that they are not alone in feeling different. That they must not stop believing in good friendships, although it can take a long time, says Alexander Rybak.

The musical is based on Alexander Rybak’s music and book, “Trolle and the magic Fiddle”