Schola cantorum, Hallgrímskirkja’s chamber choir, performs their second concert this summer on Wednesday July 4th at 12 noon, as part of the International Organ Summer in Hallgrímskirkja. The concert includes pieces by Jón Nordal, Sigvaldi Kaldalóns, Byrd, Mendelssohn, Sigurður Sævarsson, Bruckner and Händel as well as traditional Icelandic music.
After the concert, guests are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee, meet the artists and get to know the choir’s activities.
Admission is 2500 ISK.
Schola Cantorum Reykjavicensis was founded in 1996 by the conductor Hörður
Áskelsson, the cantor at Hallgrímskirkja (Hallgrim’s Church) in Reykjavík. Schola
Cantorum has from the very start played an important role in the Icelandic
music scene with a repertoire that consists mainly of renaissance, baroque and
contemporary music including numerous premier performances of works by
Schola Cantorum has given concerts in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Spain,
Germany, Switzerland, France, Japan and USA. In 2017 Schola Cantorum was
invited by Los Angeles Philharmonic to sing 4 concerts in Walt Disney Concert Hall
during Reykjavík Festival in LA.
The choir can be heard in many recordings including complete choral/orchestral
works of Icelandic composer Jón Leifs issued by Swedish label BIS. The choir
has also worked with artists such as Björk, Sigur Rós, Jóhann Jóhannson, and
Swedish experimental band Wildbirds & Peacedrums. Schola Cantorum appears
widely on the musical spectrum. For instance the choir sings in the soundtrack of
the action-adventure video game God of War released by Sony in April 2018.
In 2007 the choir was nominated to the Nordic cultural price and in 2009 it was
appointed the Music Group of Reykjavík. In March 2017 Schola Cantorum was
appointed by Iceland Music Awards as the Performer of the Year 2016.