ANDERSEN-BENGTSSON-SYDOW has produced the CD 'Rime-Djävelen' (the Rhyme Devil) at a release reception at the theatre museum Hofteatret by Christiansborg in Copenhagen.

'Rime-Djävelen' has been sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation and features contemporary renditions of Hans Christian Andersen's poems set to electronic, rhythmic and classical arrangements. Ulle Bjørn Bengtsson (vocal and recital) and Hans Sydow (sampler, synthesizer and laptop) have composed, arranged and produced the music set to Andersen's lyrics.

With their unusual quartet orchestration, they evoke the deep passion instilled in Andersen's lyrics. They bring Hans Christian Andersen to life as a unique talent full of love, wisdom and humour! It's wild - from revelry to angst - and not for children!

The Sorø School of Music
PROJECT MANAGERS: Head Master Peter Mensink and Drama Teacher Annette Hammers Ludvigsen

The Sorø School of Music celebrates the bicentenary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen with the performance Et Eventyrligt Liv - a story of a meeting between Hans Christian Andersen and a 13-year-old girl of today. The story reflects Hans Christian Andersen's unique ability of storytelling, which is both compellingly serious and witty. Hans Christian Andersen loved the theatre, dance, song and poetry. Through drama, music, song and movement the Sorø School of Music seeks to highlight the art of storytelling through pictures that feed the imagination and creative processes.

Rythmic concerts
Rock concerts. A star-studded performance with Danish pop and rock artists will pay tribute to Hans Christian Andersen with a number of tracks written especially for the Andersen bicentenary. The concert will take place over two evenings at the Concert Hall Aarhus.

The Little Match Seller. Tiger Lilies
The raving mad English musical trio, Tiger Lilies, will host a Victorian vaudeville based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Seller - accompanied by brass band! This tragic story of Andersen's little heroine is the perfect match for a band that prefers the dark side of life and obscure salon macabre.

An evening with the London orchestra Tiger Lilies transports you to the age of cabarets in the 1920s. The stories are charged with eccentricity, poetry, and magic - and dark British humour. It sounds like Victorian music hall entertainment and call on images of smoky speakeasies. When accompanied by his diabolic accordion, a worn-out bass, and the remnants of a drum set, the eerie high-pitched voice of Martin Jacques, the lead singer and songwriter, makes your hair stand on end. From fringe cult status the group moved on to achieved enormous success with their own version of the uncanny - and horribly funny - version of Struwwelpeter.