THE COMPLAINTS CHOIR OF COPENHAGEN

The Complaints Choir of Copenhagen aka København Klagekor was organized as part of the U-TURN festival held at the former Carlsberg Brewery in September 2008. Allthough the Danes have been in the top score of the most happy people in Europe according to a new University of Cambridge study on happiness, the København Klagekor was rather grumpy (in professional terms;)

The workshop to create the choir lyrics was attended by more than 20 people leading to a very lively debate. Unfortunately the choir was sharply divided over the musical direction of their song: some wanted to have a more spoken-shouted protest song, others preferred a more melodic verse-chorus type of song. The decision for the latter let some people leave the choir with all the others devoted even more strongly to the project. As a hopeful sign for a bright complaints choir future in Denmark, the choir had the youngest membersip of all choirs world wide, even though two pensioners were joining as well representing a great age range of contemporary Danish society. The choir performed at the grand opening of U-Turn festival, at the old meat packaging district and at the town hall square.


CREDITS

The Complaints Choir of Copenhagen aka København Klagekor was organized as part of the U-TURN festival held at the former Carlsberg Brewery in September 2008. The workshop to create the lyrics was attended by more than 20 people leading to lively debate. Unfortunately the choir was sharply divided about the musical direction of their song: some wanted to have a more spoken-shouted protest song, others preferred a more melodic verse-chorus type of song. The decision for the latter let some people leave the choir with all the others fully devoted. The choir had a lot of young members and two pensioners as well representing a great age range of contemporary Danish society.

Song composed by Esben Bladbjerg

Lyrics and Performance by the Choir Sussi Albeck, Lis Arrevad, Ms. Christoffersen, Ditte Bichel, Sina Parbst Frederiksen, Lisa Frimmer, Simone Køfoed Hansen, Anne-Marie Hekla, Emma Hekla, Jesper Milner Henriksen, Mimi Larsson, Emelie Leiding, Solgerd Just Mikkelsen, Tijana Miskovic , Anne Lisbeth Nielsen, Bente Nielsen, Marie Pedersen, Rebekka Skauge as well as Nadja Christiansen, Siri Hindkjaer Buric, Anita Haller, Anne Lisbeth Nielsen, Dorothea Clausen, Gunvor Krarup Vedstesen, Henriette Nilsson, Jørgen Hauge Jensen, Lisbet Kærbye, Leila Sørensen, Anne Kathrine Bindesbøll, Merete Friberg, Stefan Teilmann Laub Nielsen, Susanne Schmidt, Trine-Maria Kristensen, Lissen Vejlskov Nielsen.

Bass played by Esben Bladbjerg
Camera by Andreas Deinert, Anne Kathrine Bindesbøll, Anne-Katrine Hansen, Søren Brygman Poulsen Recording by
Minimum Recordings

Commissioned and produced by
U-Turn Copenhagen
Project Manager Tijana Miskovic

Thank You: U-Turn Team, Solvej Ovesen, Tuula Kalleinen, Elke Kochta, Jesper Milner Henriksen, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, Filmproduktion Marita Neher, Karrierebar, Sølyst kunst- og kulturcenter, Køkkenhavn / Parfyme, Mette Kit Jensen