Concert in Reykholt church, Sunday 9.th of October at 5 PM
Collegium Musicum is one of the leading musical ensembles in Bergen and a central meeting ground for professional and amateur musicians. Established by Professor Jan Christensen in 1978, the ensemble consists of a choir and orchestra totalling 80 members. Collegium Musicum’s repertoire primarily features the major classical choral works but extends to romantic, modern and contemporary music. The ensemble is devoted to renewing the tradition by promoting and commissioning new works, including two pieces by the Norwegian composers Knut Vaage and Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, released on CD in 2017. Collegium Musicum enjoys the musical partnership with a number of internationally high-profiled conductors and soloists, and have over the years had the pleasure of performing with conductors such a Nicholas Kraemer, Martin André, Edward Gardner, Sir Andrew Davis, and Andrew Litton, and with soloists such as Lise Davidsen, Bryn Terfel, Stuart Skelton, Latonia Moore, Bror Magnus Tødenes and Eldbjørg and Ragnhild Hemsing. In cooperation with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (BFO), Collegium Musicum has participated in several acclaimed CD recordings of the music of Leoš Janáček (Grammy nomination), Hector Berlioz, Edward Elgar and Benjamin Britten. Collegium Musicum’s choir performed Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes with BFO in a much-acclaimed concert performance at Bergen International Festival and Edinburgh International Festival, Oslo Opera House and London’s Royal Festival Hall. The subsequent recording of this work received the Gramophone Award in 2021 for Best Classical Album.