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Norway’s celebrated Alversund Kammerkor to appear at Preston Minster

Posted on - 14th June, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Events, Preston Minster, Things To Do
Alversund  Kammekor (Chamber Choir) full ensemble

Alversund Kammerkor (Chamber Choir) full ensemble

As part of  Alversund Chamber Choir’s 25th anniversary celebrations the Choir  is joining the ‘The Company of  Voyces’ from Preston,

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Alversund Chamber Choir received an invitation to join ‘The Company of Voyces’ from Preston, conductor Kim Lofthouse, and to join them in a concert in Preston Minster Saturday 20th June. Alversund  accepted the offer with great pleasure and hope to return the compliment in the near future.

Sunday Choral Evensong at The Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool  and a trip to The Lake District, ending with a lunchtime concert at The Holy Trinity Church at Brathay,  are also high on the list of things to do for this 25th celebration.

Alversund Chamber Choir comes from the small community of  Lindås on the west coast of Norway, in the county of  Hordaland, just north of Bergen. It was founded in 1990 by Odd Leif Mjøs, who has been the conductor and musical director since. The Choir is a mixed choir consisting of about 30 members from all walks of life.

Alversun Kammerkor

The Choir is in principal a chamber choir that performs sacred and secular music. Over the last 25 years the Choir has presented programmes of music by Norwegian and international composers such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and St. John Passion, the requiems of  Durflé, Faure and  Mozart.  Music of  Edvard Grieg, Egil Hovland, Knut Nystedt, Trond Kverno, Svein Møller and Palestrina are also in the Choir’s repertoire.

The Choir participates actively in the ceremonies and services of the Norwegian State Church in Alversund. Projects with well known and loved psalms and hymns of many Scandinavian authors, such as Petter Dass, Lina Sandell, are greatly appreciated by members of the congregation both near and far.

the programme will include music by Bach, Elgar, Finzi, Nystedt and Purcell, as well as a rare opportunity to hear Grieg’s final work, 4 Salmer, sung in Norwegian by a Norwegian choir.

The Choir has recorded a CD of religious and folk music by Norwegian composers and a video of a piece known as Ord over grind, meaning, Word of grind, a poem by Norwegian writer Halldis Moren Vesaas, can be viewed below.

Alversund Chamber Choir Concert is on Saturday 20 June at 7.30 pm
Admission is £10 on the door, concessions £5, and the proceeds will go to Preston Minster.

For further details please contact Preston Minster, Church Street, Preston, PR1 3BT
Preston Minster Office. Telephone 01772 901313.
email: office@prestonminster.org

Will you attend the Alversund kammekor concert? Let us know in the comments below.

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