Schola cantorum Reykjavicensis was founded in 1996 by the conductor, Hörður Áskelsson, cantor at Hallgrímskirkja. The choir´s repertoire is wide, ranging from renaissance to contemporary music. The choir appears regularly in the Festival of Sacred Arts at Hallgrímskirkja and has given concerts in Norway, Finland, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Japan.


Schola cantorum has participated in recordings of choral-orchestral works by Icelandic composer Jón Leifs (1899-1968) as well as having recorded and performed with artists such as Björk, Sigur Rós and Swedish experimental band Wilbird & Peacedrums.


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Sunday 26. September at 5:00pm

IN PARADISUM - a capella choir concert

Háteigskirkja Church

Admission: 3.900 ISK


November 5th 2017

Today's concert on All saint's day at 5 pm with Schola cantorum cancelled due to heavy storm warning.

The scheduled concert in Hallgrímskirkja today at 5 pm with Schola cantorum is cancelled due to very heavy storm in Reykjavik and on Hallgrimskirkja square.
New concert date will be announced later.

MEDITATIO - Schola cantorum's new release

Wonderful and effective music for mixed choir on Schola cantorum's latest album MEDITATIO which is released be the Swedish lable BIS on 10. August.

See further info here!

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.

The chamber choir Schola Cantorum has been nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards in the category of Classical - and Contemporary Music. The choir received two nominations: Album of the Year - Meditatio and Performer of the Year.

In an announcement that the Icelandic Music Awards have released it says:

Meditatio – Schola Cantorum
Schola Cantorum’s magnificent music CD, Meditatio, is a crowning achievement of the choir’s twenty years of activity as one of the country’s leading chamber choirs. Ambition and clear vision are evident in the project selection and programming, and the magnificent sound quality is on par with the best that has been heard in Iceland as well as abroad.

Schola cantorum
Schola Cantorum’s twentieth year was extremely productive. The repertoire of the choir was ambitious and included, among others, the premium performance of Requiem by Sigurður Sævarsson, Light and Darkness Flees by Hugi Gudmundsson, plus Requiem by the Norwegian composer Kjell Mörk Karlsen. The choir concluded the year with a performance in Hallgrímskirkja of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in collaboration with the International Baroque Orchestra. Soloists came from the ranks of choir members and it is obvious that the choir is perfectly manned on every post. On the eve of Maundy Thursday the choir performed a selection of choral music from the renaissance period, including the Miserere by Allegri. That performance, along with the concert given on the occasion of the publication of the new album, Meditatio, represented wonderfully the choir’s quality singing – singing that is characterised by exceptionally beautiful tone production and impeccable coordination.

We are grateful for the nomination and are looking forward to Thursday, March 2.