CHAMBER CHOIR OF HALLGRÍMSKIRKJA
LUNCHTIME CONCERTS WEDNESDAYS AT 12 NOON
June 21 – August 31
Hallgrímskirkja houses two of the very best choirs in Iceland and Schola Cantorum is the church’s multiple prize-winning chamber choir, founded in 1996 by its conductor Hörður Áskelsson. Schola cantorum was awarded the “Performer of the Year 2016” by the Icelandic Music Award in March 2017. Schola cantorum has from the very start played an important role in Icelandic music scene with a repertoire that consists mainly of renaissance, baroque and contemporary music including numerous premier performances by Icelandic composers. The choir gives regularly concerts in Iceland and has given concerts in Norway, Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, Switzerland, France and USA. Last April the choir was invited to perform in 5 concerts in the Reykjavik Festival in Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, organized by the LA Phil, and got outstanding reviews in world know newspapers like New York Times etc. The choir can be heard on many recordings including the complete Jón Leifs choral/ orchestral works, where Edda II will be added to the recordings by the Swedish label BIS with Schola cantorum and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in April 2018. The choir has also recorded with artists such as Björk ( Medulla 2004) and Swedish experimental band Wildbirds & Peacedrums ( 2010). In 2013 Resonus Classics released an album with SC singing a selection af choral works by the celebrated Icelandic composer Hafliði Hallgrímsson. The choir’s latest CD, MEDITATIO, which was released by the Swedish label BIS last year, has gotten excellent reviews and attention for its clear and beautiful sounds. It includes expressive works for choir from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries which interpret grief and bereavement in the light of hope and comfort.
In the summer concerts, the choir performs Icelandic compositions from their new CD Meditatio along with Icelandic choir music gems.
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