Nidaros Cathedral Men and Boys Choir
The choir continues a close to 1000-year old tradition of Nidarosdomens. The Nidaros Cathedral is still their main concert arena and you can regularly find them participating at church services.
The choir is also active outside the cathedral and represents Norway as cultural ambassadors at international events. It is also the choir of choice for all events of the Norwegian Royal Family, including coronations, and is frequently invited to perform for global leaders as well as royalties.
The choir abounds with a rich history dating back to the 9th century, when Norwegian and English Stonemasons came to Trondheim to build the Christchurch – a precursor to Nidarosdomen. Priests would teach the young sons of the Stonemasons the Gregorian liturgy. The boys would then participate during church services, originating the modern boys choir tradition of the cathedral we see today.
The choir is led by Bjørn Moe, the conductor and artistic director of Nidarosdomens Guttekor. Bjørn himself was a former Nidarosdomens Guttekor choir boy and has been conducting them since 1973. The Norwegian conductor was awarded the prestigious HM The King’s Medal of Merit in gold for his work with the choir.
Nidarosdomens Guttekor was accompanied by Singaporean chamber orchestra, re:Sound Chamber Orchestra, and performed Giacomo Puccini’s classic piece, Messa di Gloria, in what was to be a hauntingly beautiful rendition. re:SOUND is a chamber orchestra that is not led by a dominant artistic director or principal conductor, but by the musicians themselves. Nidarosdomens Guttekor and re:SOUND also performed a repertoire of other traditional and classical works loved by many around the world.
Mass in D Major
Commissioned to celebrate the opening of the newly finished chapel in Lužany castle in Czechia in 1887, Dvorak originally composed
the mass for a surprisingly small ensemble 4 soloists, choir and organ – and added the fully orchestrated version first in 1893 which premiered in London.
With its traditional forms and proven compositional models, its original ideas, which are sometimes marked by a folk or folksong-like melodic character, and with its harmonic richness, Dvorák’s Mass in D Major
serves in its liturgical context to express the worship of God. The Mass is characterized by lyrical meditation rather than by dramatic
immediacy – full of contrasts and yet polished.
Johannes Koöpple - Executive Director, Nidaros Cathedral Men and Boys Choir
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