CONCERTS AND OTHER EVENTS IN 2019

In paradisum

All Saints concert

Sunday 10. November at 5:00 pm

Hallgrímskirkja

In Paradisum is the title of this year‘s annual All Saints concert by Schola Cantorum Chamber Choir in Hallgrím‘s Church. The title comes from one of the texts of the Requiem mass.

In the concert, the choir will perform a diverse collection of religious compositions and arrangements by Icelandic and foreign composers alike, mostly from receAllsnt years. Schola Cantorum continues on the path laid out with the publication of the Meditatio album, which caught the attention of music lovers in Iceland and abroad for its challenging repertoire and refined performance. All the works will be performed a cappella - they are musically demanding but at the same time accessible, introspective and inspiring for meditation and the memory of departed souls.

This will be a poignant and uplifting music moment by one of Iceland‘s most prominent choirs in the unique acoustics of Hallgrím‘s church.

Conductor: Hörður Áskelsson


Admission: 4.500 ISK

Get your ticket at tix.is or at Hallgrimkirkja box office.

Schola cantorum Summer Concert series

Lunchtime concert at Hallgrimskirkja

Wednesdays 26. June - 28. August at 12:00 pm

 

Schola Cantorum, the chamber choir of Hallgrimskirkja continues its well known lunchtime summer concerts. The repertoire is a lovely mixture of Icelandic choral music and other well known pieces.

 

Hallgrímskirkja is one of the most interesting and popular places for tourists to visit in Reykjavík.

Schola Cantorum’s lunchtime concerts are an excellent opportunity to experience the great acoustics of the church and enjoy it´s beauty. After the concert it is ideal to visit the churches tower and enjoy its spectacular view over Reykjavík.

Concert calendar:

26. June at 12:00 pm
  3. July
 at 12:00 pm

10. July at 12:00 pm
17. July at 12:00 pm
24. July
 at 12:00 pm

31. July at 12:00 pm
  7. August at 12:00 pm
14. August
 at 12:00 pm
21. August
 at 12:00 pm
28. August
 at 12:00 pm

 

Concert duration: 30 min.

Admission: 2.700 ISK

Tickets at the entrance.

REQUIEM

Schnittke / Sævarsson

Sunday 27 January at 4:00 pm

At Hallgrimskirkja

 

In collaboration with the Dark Music Days, Schola Cantorum will perform along with an ensemble Requiem by Alfred Schnittke as well as Ave verum corpus and Diliges Dominum (premiere) by Sigurð Sævarsson, in Hallgrímskirkja.

Requiem by Alfred Schnittke is a melancholy composition. The real-life sound of the psalm fluctuates between the inward reflection of rock and theatrical musical nuances with the support of electric bass and guitar with an unexpected input from the percussion section. It is exciting to bring together an Icelandic professional group and ensemble in the 44-year-old composition where the old Requiem text is conveyed effectively as the music is both classic and modern with the influence of rock and theater music.

Icelandic composer Sigurður Sævarsson (b.1963) has recent years been productive in writing choir music, both a capella and with instruments as well. He is known for his clear, minimalistic style and luminous texture. “I want the listener to hear every note and where it is going – that way, there is also more chance of the text coming across clearly.”

Ave verum corpus and Diliges Dominum are both composed in 2018. They are a part of a series of a cappella choir works by Sævarsson written that year to Latin text.

Ensemble: 
Guitar: Daníel Friðrik Böðvarsson 
Organ: Björn Steinar Sólbergsson 
Piano: Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir
Celesta: Helga Bryndís Magnúsdóttir
Electric bass: Richard Korn
Percussion: Steef van Oousterhout, Eggert Pálson, Pétur Grétarsson og Frank Aarnink
Trombone: Carlos Caro Aguilera
Trumpet: Eiríkur Örn Pálsson

Soloists: Thelma Hrönn Sigurdórsdóttir, Lilja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir, Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson, Rakel Edda Guðmundsdóttir and Vigdís Sigurðardóttir

Conductor: Hörður Áskelsson

Admission: 4.500 ISK

Ticket sales on Tix.is and in Hallgríms church one hour before the event. 

CONCERTS IN 2018

Christmas Lunchtime Concert

Friday 21 December at 12 noon

At Hallgrimskirkja

The chamber choir Schola cantorum performs a variety of Christmas songs and Christmas hymns both Icelandic and foreign.


Perfect oppertunity to fill the soul of peace and the festivity of Christmas.

Soloists from the ranks of the choirs are: Thelma Hrönn Sigurdórsdóttir soprano, Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson tenor and Fjölnir Ólafsson bassist.

Conductor: Hörður Áskelsson

Hot chocolate at the south wing hall after the concert.

Admission: 3.000 ISK

Tickets at the entrance 1 hour. for concerts.

Gemstones of a capella choral music on All Saints Day

Sunday 4 November at 5:00 pm

At Hallgrimskirkja

All Saints‘ day, is celebrated on the first Sunday of November. It is a day of remembrance for the faithful - to reflect on and express gratitude for their loved ones who have died. Many beautiful sacred compositions - requiems, motets and hymns - are connected to this day. It has been a tradition for many years at Hallgrímskirkja to celebrate All Saints‘ day with a concert.   

In this year's concert, Schola Cantorum, The Chamber Choir of Hallgrímskirkja, presents sacred compositions by composers known for their beautiful musical language, that connects the past and the present. 

Conductor: Hörður Áskelsson

Program:

MEDIA VITA by John SHEPPARD 

MISERERE by James MacMILLAN

REQUIEM by Kjell- Mörk KARLSEN

Admission: 3.500 ISK

 

Tickets available online MIDI.IS and at the entrance one hour before the concert.

Schola cantorum Summer Concert series

Lunchtime concert at Hallgrimskirkja

Wednesdays 20. June - 29. August at 12:00 pm

 

Schola Cantorum, the chamber choir of Hallgrimskirkja continues its well known lunchtime summer concerts. The repertoire is a lovely mixture of Icelandic choral music and other well known pieces.

 

Hallgrímskirkja is one of the most interesting and popular places for tourists to visit in Reykjavík.

Schola Cantorum’s lunchtime concerts are an excellent opportunity to experience the great acoustics of the church and enjoy it´s beauty. After the concert it is ideal to visit the churches tower and enjoy its spectacular view over Reykjavík.

Concert calendar:

20. June at 12:00 pm
27. June
 at 12:00 pm
  4. June
 at 12:00 pm
11. July
 at 12:00 pm
25. July
 at 12:00 pm
  1. August
 at 12:00 pm
  8. August
 at 12:00 pm
15. August
 at 12:00 pm
22. August
 at 12:00 pm

29. August at 12:00 pm

 

Concert duration: 30 min.

Tickets at the entrance.

Getsemane

Share-Thursday night, 29 March at 8.00 pm at Hallgrimskirkja

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CONCERTS IN 2017

Lunchtime Christmas Concert

Icelandic and foreign Advent and Christmas songs

Hallgrímskirkja 1, 8 and 15 December at 12.00 noon


Conductor: Hörður Áskelsson

Addmission: 2.500 ISK - Tickets sold at the entrence

 

 

Hymns of New Times!

Hallgrímskirkja 27 October at 8.00 pm

LUTHERDAYS IN HALLGRIMSKIRKJA

Hallgrímur Pétursson 343rd Anniversary 

 

Schola Cantorum chamber choir
Conductor: Hörður Áskelsson
 
"Hymns of new times" are hymns by Aðalsteinn Ásberg Sigurðsson and Sigurður Flosason composed for an a capella choir. The sense of these hymns discern glory, prayer, joy and sorrow. 
 
Admission: ISK 2500.

Tickets available by the entrance and on www.midi.is.

 

 

Schola cantorum Summer Concert series

Lunch time concert in Hallgrímskirkja

Wednesdays 21 June - 30 August 2017 at noon

 

Schola Cantorum, the chamber choir of Hallgrimskirkja continues its well known lunchtime summer concerts. The repertoire gives an insight into Icelandic folk songs and contemporary music for a cappella choir.

 

Hallgrímskirkja is one of the most interesting and popular places for tourists to visit.

Schola Cantorum’s lunchtime concerts are an excellent opportunity to experience the great acoustics of the church.

Tickets at the entrence.

Time length: 30 min.

Concert calendar:

21. June at 12 pm - First concert

28. June at 12 pm

  5. July at 12 pm

12. July at 12 pm

19. July at 12 pm

26. July at 12 pm

  2. August at 12 pm

  9. August at 12 pm

16. August at 12 pm

23. August at 12 pm

30. August at 12 pm - Last concert

Schola Cantorum invites you to a free concert!


Ascension Day 25 May at 5 pm

Hallgrimskirkja

Schola Cantorum celebrated their 20th anniversary last year. In these twenty years the choir has under the direction of Hörður Áskelsson, cantor at Hallgrímskirkja been ambitious in delivering various music from old times to present to their audience in sophisticated but yet warm manner. The choir is still going strong, regularly renewing its vocal materials. Earlier this year Schola Cantorum was awarded as the Performer of 2016 at The Iceland Music Awards. Their latest cd Meditatio issued by the Swedish label BIS has been widely praised, both for performance and program. In last April Schola Cantorum sang five concerts in Los Angeles as it was invited by Los Angeles Philharmonic to sing in the Reykjavík Festival in the breathtaking Walt Disney Concert Hall. The choir also sang the programme of Meditatio in The First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.

 

Schola Cantorum feels grateful and wants to express its gratitude in giving a concert on Ascension Day May 25th in Hallgrímskirkja, free of charge.

Meditatio

Schola canotrum performs music from their latest album Meditatio.


Saturday 11 March at 5 pm

Reykholtskirkja, Reykholt in Borgarfjörður

Conductor: Hörður Áskelsson

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CONCERTS IN 2016

J.S. Bach: Christams Oratorio I-III

IN CELEBRATION OF SCHOLA CANTORUM'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY

CHRISTMAS ORATORIO I-III BY J. S. BACH BWV 248


Thursday December 29th at 8.00 pm
Friday December 30th at 5.00 pm

Along with Hallgrímskirkja Baroque Orchestra

Concertmaster: Tuomo Suni

Soloists:

Thelma Hrönn Sigurdórsdóttir soprano
Hildigunnur Einarsdóttir alto
Benedikt Kristjánsson tenor
Fjölnir Ólafsson bass

Conductor: Hörður Áskelsson

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is one of most remarkable pieces from the Baroque period. The six cantatas were composed for the Christmas celebration in 1734, one to be performed during services in churches on each of the individual feast days. 
The Christmas message is attributed in joyful pieces, touching arias and thoughtful praises, celebrating the nativity of the Saviour.

In celebration of it’s 20th anniversary, Schola Cantorum will perform the first three cantatas with the renowned Hallgrímskirkja Baroque Orchestra and wonderful solo singers. The concerts will be a true highlight of the Christmas Music Festival in Hallgrímskirkja.

 

Further information on Listvinafélags Hallgrímskirkju

Tickets for sale on tix.is and at Hallgrímskirkja tel. +354 510 1000.

REQUIEM

 

Choir concert in Hallgrimskirkja

Schola cantorum chamber choir sings a capella

Conductor: Hörður Áskelsson

6 November 2016 at 5.00 pm

Hallgrímskirkja

Sigurður Sævarsson: REQUIEM (premiére)

Hugi Guðmundsson: Fyrir ljósi myrkrið flýr

Kjell Mørk Karlsen: Missa defunctorum (Requiem)

All Saints‘ day is celebrated on the first Sunday of November. It is a day of remembrance for the faithful - to reflect on and express gratitude for their loved ones who have died. Many beautiful sacred compositions requiems, motets and hymns - are connected to this day. It has been a tradition for many years at Hallgrímskirkja to celebrate All Saints‘ day with a concert.

In this year’s concert, Schola Cantorum, The Chamber Choir of Hallgrímskirkja, presents sacred compositions by contemporary composers known for their beautiful musical language, that connects the past and the present.

The concert‘s leitmotif is Requiem, which will be performed in two different compositions by Sigurður Sævarsson (Premiére) and the Norwegian composer Kjell Mørk Karlsen. Sigurður Sævarsson wrote his Requiem in remembrance of his father and Kjell Mørk Karlsen’s Requiem is in memorial of his wife who passed away two years ago.

Both these compositions fit particularly well to the magnificent sound space of Hallgrímskirkja.

Schola cantorum Summer Concert series

Lunch time concert in Hallgrímskirkja

Wednesdays 20. June - 31. August 2016 at noon

 

Schola Cantorum, the chamber choir of Hallgrimskirkja continues its well known lunchtime summer concerts. The repertoire gives an insight into Icelandic folk songs and contemporary music for a cappella choir.

 

Hallgrímskirkja is one of the most interesting and popular places for tourists to visit.

Schola Cantorum’s lunchtime concerts are an excellent opportunity to experience the great acoustics of the church.

Tickets at the entrence.

Time length: 30 min.

Concert calendar:

22. June at 12 pm - First concert

29. June at 12 pm

  6. July at 12 pm

13. July at 12 pm

20. July at 12 pm

27. July at 12 pm

  3. August at 12 pm

10. August at 12 pm - Album release concert for Meditatio

17. August at 12 pm

24. August at 12 pm

31. August at 12 pm - Last concert

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CONCERTS IN 2015

The arts festival Culturescapes 2015 in Switzerland

Schola Cantorum's concert tour 12 - 17 November

 

Schola Cantorum participates in the arts festival Culturescapes 2015 in Basel and surroundings.

The programmes include works from the choir's upcoming album Hvíld which is scheduled to be released in 2016.

 

For further information on Culturescapes 2015 please visit the their website - www.culturescapes.ch

 

Concert in Theater - Chur

Thursday 12 November at 8.00 pm

 

Progamme

Icelandic folk song  Gefðu að móðurmálið mitt


Anna Þorvaldsdóttir (*1977)   Heyr þú oss himnum á
Hreiðar Ingi Þorsteinsson (*1978)   Nunc dimittis
Morten Lauridsen (*1943)   O nata lux
Ēriks Ešenvalds (*1977)   O salutaris hostia
Arvo Pärt (*1935)   Nunc dimittis


James MacMillan (*1959)   A Child´s Prayer
John Tavener (1944-2013)   The Lamb
Eric Whitacre (*1970)   Lux aurumque
Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938-2013)   Heyr himnasmiður


Jón Ásgeirsson (*1928)   Vorvísa og Hjá lygnri móðu
Hjálmar H. Ragnarsson (*1952)   Stóðum tvö í túni
Hafliði Hallgrímsson (*1941)   Hættu að gráta hringaná
Snorri Sigfús Birgisson (*1954)   Afmorsvísa
Emil Thoroddsen (1898-1944)   Undir bláum sólarsali 
Hjálmar H. Ragnarsson (*1952)   Grafskrift / "Epitaph"

 

 

Concert in Teatro Sociale - Bellinzona

Friday 13 November at 8.45 pm

 

Same programme as the concert's in Theater Chur - see above!

 

 

Concert in Reformierte Kirche - Uster

Saturday 14 November at 7.00 pm

 

Programme

James MacMillan (*1959)   A Child´s Prayer
John Tavener (1944-2013)   The Lamb
Hugi Guðmundsson (*1977)   Hvíld
Jón Leifs (1899-1968)   Requiem
Morten Lauridsen (*1943)   O nata lux
Ēriks Ešenvalds (*1977)   O salutaris hostia
Sigurður Sævarsson (*1963)   Nunc dimittis
Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938-2013)   Nú hverfur sól í haf


Eric Whitacre (*1970)   Lux aurumque
Arvo Pärt (*1935)   Nunc dimittis
Anna Þorvaldsdóttir (*1977)   Heyr þú oss himnum á
Hörður Áskelsson (*1953)   Hvíld
Hreiðar Ingi (*1978)   Nunc dimittis
Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson   Heyr himnasmiður

 

 

Concert in Geotheanum - Dornach

Sunday 15 November at 2.30 pm

 

Programme

Icelandic folk song   Gefðu að móðurmálið mitt

 

Anna Þorvaldsdóttir (*1977)   Heyr þú oss himnum á
Hreiðar Ingi Þorsteinsson (*1978)   Nunc dimittis
Morten Lauridsen (*1943)   O nata lux
Arvo Pärt (*1935)   Magnificat

 

Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938-2013)   Heyr himna smiður
Eric Whitacre (*1970)   Lux aurumque
Ēriks Ešenvalds (*1977)   O salutaris hostia
Arvo Pärt (*1935)   Nunc dimittis

 

Hjálmar H. Ragnarsson (*1952)   Stóðum tvö í túni
Hafliði Hallgrímsson (*1941)   Hættu að gráta hringaná
Snorri Sigfús Birgisson (*1954)   Afmorsvísa
Emil Thoroddsen (1898-1944)   Undir bláum sólarsali 
Hjálmar H. Ragnarsson   Grafskrift / "Epitaph"

 

 

Concert in Münster - Basel

Sunday 15 November at 18.00 pm

 

Björn Steinar Sólbergsson plays the organ.

 

Programme

Icelandic folk song  Gefðu að móðurmálið mitt

 

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750   Toccata BWV 540/I

 

Sacred choral music from Iceland: 
Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938-2013)   Heyr himna smiður
Sigurður Sævarsson (*1963)   Nunc dimittis
Anna Þorvaldsdóttir (*1977)   Heyr þú oss himnum á
Hreiðar Ingi Þorsteinsson (*1978)   Nunc dimittis

 

Charles-Marie Widor (1845–1937)   Andante sostenuto

úr Symphonie Gothique
Henri Mulet (1878–1967)   Tu es Petrus

 

Sacred foreign choral music:
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdi (1809-1847)   Herr, nun lässest Du
James MacMillan (*1959)   A Child´s Prayer
Arvo Pärt (*1935)   Nunc dimittis
Eric Whitacre (*1970)   Lux aurumque

 

Jón Hlöðver Áskelsson (*1945)   Choral prelude - Dýrð, vald,

virðing og vegsemd hæst
Jón Nordal (*1926)   Tokkata (Í minningu Páls Ísólfssonar)

Concerts

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