Mannenensemble Ad Libitum van start met kerstproject

Rintje te Wies

LEENS – Het mannenensemble Ad Libitum uit Leens heeft net als andere koren en samenzanggroepen moeite om nieuwe leden te vinden. Vorig jaar besloot het ensemble het daarom eens over een andere boeg te gooien. Aangezien veel zangers en zangeressen het wel leuk vinden om projectmatig mee te doen met een koor, maar niet om zich te binden aan een koor en per sé iedere week te moeten repeteren, probeerde het ensemble voor het eerst een project uit. Een paar maanden lang konden mensen samen met het ensemble werken aan een concert. Dat idee sloeg aan. Ongeveer vijftien zangers en zangeressen werkten gedurende enkele maanden aan het project waarna een prachtig slotconcert volgde. Aan het einde van het concert zeiden de leden van Ad Libitum tegen elkaar: ‘Dit was leuk, dit moeten we vaker doen’. Zo gezegd, zo gedaan.
Deze week start het mannenensemble Ad Libitum met hun nieuwe project: A Festival of Lessons and carols for Advent. ‘Op zondag 14 december gaan we optreden in de Torenkerk in Winsum. Organist Jan de Roos zal ons begeleiden, en onze dirigent voor dit project is Rintje te Wies, artistiek leider van de Stichting Koorschool Noord Nederland en dirigent van het Roder Jongenskoor’, vertelt Jaap Bouwman, secretaris van het ensemble. ‘We hebben gekozen voor de Torenkerk in Winsum omdat met name het orgel in deze kerk bij de uitvoering van het project geschikt is’.
Het bestaande ensemble bestaat momenteel uit zestien leden. Voor het driemaandse project hoopt Bouwman op ongeveer 30 tot 35 zangers én zangeressen. ‘We hebben er voor dit project voor gekozen om een gemengd ensemble te vormen’, aldus Bouwman.
De eerste repetitie zal plaatsvinden op zondag 21 september van 19.00 tot 21.00 uur in het gebouw Pro Rege in Leens. Vanaf dan zal het projectkoor iedere week repeteren tot aan het concert.
Bouwman verwacht dat ook dit project zal aanslaan. ‘We hebben er vertrouwen in dat het weer een groot succes wordt. Het is voor de zangers en zangeressen echt een paar maanden lekker zingen, zonder de verplichting aan te gaan om jarenlang lid te worden van het koor. In jachtige tijden als deze is er zoveel te doen, dan is het fijn dat je na een paar maanden ook weer ‘vrij’ bent’. De aanmeldingen voor het projectkoor lopen gestaag binnen. Om een goede bezetting te hebben is het ensemble met name op zoek naar sopranen en alten omdat deze niet uit eigen gelederen komen, maar ook naar tenoren en bassen.
A  Festival of Lessons and Carols bestaat uit Engelse kerstmuziek, carols en hymns, afgewisseld door korte bijbellezingen. De muziek is van Engelse componisten als John Stainer, Glenn L. Rudolph en Sir Charles Villiers Stanford.
Of het aankomende concert nou aanslaat of niet, Ad Libitum heeft eigenlijk al besloten vaker op projectmatige basis te willen werken. ‘Bij de laatste ledenvergadering hebben we besloten dit vaker te zullen doen. Op den duur gaan we er misschien naar toe om twee projecten per jaar uit te voeren. Dan blijft het ook leuk om te doen. En wie weet komen daar toch nog eens een aantal nieuwe leden van. Daar hopen we natuurlijk stiekem wel een beetje op’, besluit Bouwman.
Voor aanmelding kunt u terecht bij Jaap Bouwman, secretaris, telefoon 0595-571405 of per e-mail Sinds kort heeft Ad Libitum een nieuwe website waarop meer informatie staat over het kerstproject en het mannenensemble.


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