Oslo International Church Music Festival is a ten-day festival celebrating the diversity of church music across Europe.
The theme of this year’s festival is sacrifice, and visitors will see church musicians,
choirs, orchestras and ensembles from all over Europe working together to answer the very curious question:
what role do acts of sacrifice play in today’s society?
March 2014 marks the fourteenth year for Oslo International Church Music Festival.
Opening the festival is the Italian ensemble Accademia Bizantina with their performance of Handel’s oratorio Jephtha, Sacred musical moments
accompanied by The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and six young outstanding soloists, led by Ottavio Dantone.
With around 15,000 visitors yearly, Oslo International
Church Music Festival has become a central institution in the development of church music in Norway.
“We focus on the diversity of church music as a historical genre and we both preserve the tradition and develop it further.
The festival is Norway’s largest exhibition of early music and associated international specialist performers.
We garner considerable international attention in our efforts to make contemporary music more
visible and accessible through Sacred musical moments
development efforts and educational initiatives,” says artistic director Bente Johnsrud.
The 2014 festival will see great performances from the legendary music scene in the Netherlands, such as L’Armonia Sonora,
Leo van Doeselaar, Concerto Palatino and Peter Kooij led by Mieneke van der Velden.
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir led by Daniel Reuss
will perform Rachmaninoff’s Vesper, and Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam and Harry van der Kamp will perform renaissance music.
Closing the festival is one of the world’s leading choirs: German RIAS Kammerchor, and the baroque ensemble Concerto Köln.
“We also have a total of five new works premiering, so there is definitely a lot to look forward to,” finishes Johnsrud.
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