Arnold Jonker

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Arnold Jonker

Dirigent shantykoor Allemanseindje Zuidhorn

“Sinds enige weken ben ik de nieuwe dirigent van het shantykoor Allemanseindje. Ik ben in 1959 geboren in de stad van Maarten ’t Hart Maassluis, maar van Groningse komaf. Al op de lagere school begon ik interesse te ontwikkelen voor muziek. Ik kreeg orgel- en later ook pianoles aan de muziekschool in Zuidhorn, waar ik woonde van 1968 tot 1980.

Ik heb allerlei koren geleid, maar nog nooit een shantykoor. Ik heb het zelfs niet eens overwogen. Enige tijd geleden zocht de interim dirigent van Allemanseindje contact met mij. Als hij direct had gemeld te spreken namens een shantykoor, had hij zeker nul op zijn rekest gekregen, maar ik dacht dat het om een regulier mannenkoor ging. Toch is er oriënterend gesproken en er kwam een proefrepetitie, waarbij ik ervan overtuigd was dat direct zou blijken dat ik niet de geschikte kandidaat was. Wie schetste zijn verbazing toen bleek dat het koor en ook de accordeonisten enthousiast waren en graag met mij verder wilden. Toen gaf ik mij gewonnen.

Wat ik er van vind? Bij de eerste repetitie ging ik stevig aan het werk. Ik ben van mening dat zeemansliedjes mooie liedjes zijn die net als andere genres mooi gezongen dienen te worden. Elk lied naar z’n eigen aard; soms gevoelig, soms ruw en rauw. Ik werk aan verstaanbaarheid, zuiverheid en ook een goede balans tussen de verschillende stemgroepen en de accordeons. Mijn streven is van Allemanseindje een koor te maken dat oog en oor heeft voor de schoonheid van het genre en met mij wil werken aan de verbetering van de performance van het koor. Of dat lukt hangt af van de bereidheid van de zangers om mij, hun nieuwe dirigent, te volgen in mijn werkwijze. Ik ben vol vertrouwen en vindt het verrassend leuk om met de mannen en de vrouwen (twee accordeonisten) van Allemanseindje te werken. De sfeer is goed, niet alleen tijdens de repetities maar ook daarna bij een glas wijn aan de stamtafel in café in ’t Holt waar vele facetten van het leven passeren. Op 29 april treedt het koor voor het eerst op onder leiding van mij als nieuwe dirigent in de feesttent op het Holtplein in Zuidhorn.”

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