Bergen Domkor (Bergen Cathedral Choir) celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019 and will be presenting music by three young Norwegian composers during the Festival.
From Martin Ødegaard (born 1983), the choir has commissioned a new a cappella mass which will be heard for the first time during the Bergen International Festival. The composer is known to combine traditional folk music with a modern sound image and has a special ear for choral music and for the voice as an instrument.
The second mass is composed by Tord Kalvenes (born 1989) and began as a Missa Brevis that he wrote during his studies. The choir received much audience praise for their performance of this work and has now commissioned two new movements. The complete mass has been named Missa de Lumine and will be performed in full for the first time at this concert.
Completing the programme is a work by another young composer. Birgit Djupedal (born 1994) from Bodø is living in Reykjavik, where she completed her masters last spring. Sunniva-migrant begins with the legend of the patron saint of Western Norway, Saint Sunniva, and connects her story with today's refugees.
The Bergen Cathedral Choir is led by conductor and founder Kjetil Almenning, who through the choir's first decade has created a new powerhouse for church music in Western Norway.
Picture: Bergen Domkor, photo: Tuva Åserud