Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir (Nidarosdomens jentekor)

Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir was founded in 1992 and is based at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. The choir consists of the Girls’ Group (ages 10-13) and the Youth Group (ages 14-19), a total of 75 singers under the leadership of conductor and artistic director Anita Brevik. The choir has come to be recognized as one of the finest youth choral ensembles in Norway, and is noted for its sublime artistry and innovative programming. The choir is characterized by its high artistic standards as well as its considerable musical versatility, and has commissioned and premiered many works.

Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir has always maintained the highest artistic ambitions with a particular commitment to commissioning new music for upper voices. The choir collaborates regularly with professional musicians and artists, and enjoys a close relationship with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and The Trondheim Soloists. The choir has also collaborated with internationally renowned conductors including Andrew Parrott, Bob Chilcott, Stephen Layton, Edward Higginbottom, Grete Pedersen and Anton Armstrong. In 2002 they sang at the wedding of HRH Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn, and have performed for the King and Queen of Norway on several occasions. The choir has twice appeared in Christmas productions for American television in collaboration with St. Olaf Choir, USA. The programmes were recorded in Nidaros Cathedral and broadcast on PBS and NRK in 2005 and 2013. The 2013 production “Christmas in Norway with The St. Olaf Choir and the Nidarosdomens Jentekor” received two Emmy Awards.

In 2011 the choir held two concerts at the World Symposium on Choral Music at Puerto Madryn, Argentina, as one of 20 leading ensembles selected from all around the world. The choir performs regularly outside Trondheim, both in Norway and abroad. In 2010 the choir received the Trondheim kommunes kulturpris, an award for their contribution to the cultural life of the city, and in January 2018 they were recipients of the Liv Ullmann Award. Their album MAGNIFICAT was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album. LUX is the choir’s fifth recording.

photo: from booklet LUX (2L)

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