NOTP Countdown: the official report from rehearsals

Source: Twitter

Edit: Project_Z provides a translation of the Roxette part.

Marie is really happy to be here. It’s possible more satisfying for her than for us. It’s a salvation for her to be finally here, … it brings back many memories and emotions…
It’s a party… fantastic popsongs from the swedish ’school’… ABBA is the biggest icon and Roxette is a close second with many worldwide hits, songs which are very translatable for orchestra…

Interviews with heads behind the Proms orchestra

The NOTP fanpage features interviews with the conductor and the arranger of Night of the Proms. The interviews from this summer reveal some bits about their work with Roxette so far.

Roxette with Robert Groslot in May 2009
Roxette with Robert Groslot in May 2009
Robert Groslot, conductor, on Marie:
Did you meet Roxette before? Were there any rehearsals yet?
No, there were some preparations; When I’ve met Marie in May she was still fragile. I hope she’s much better now; it looks important to me that she’s protected and not has too many contacts.

Franck van der Heijden, arranger, on the orchestra arrangements:
For example, how long do you work at a number for Roxette for the fall editions? However, they are coming with their own band.
Well, Roxette exists from control freaks who like to work with their own arranger. From 2002 there are some things ready for them.
About Roxette we’ve already talked about, since the arrangements of 2002 still exists.
I’m going to rewrite the arrangement because I’m no longer happy with what their arrangers made of it then.

Read the whole interviews here: NOTP Fanpage

Editor’s note: It looks like the arranger interview (from July) was done before he got the new arrangements Per talked about at twitter…