The Norwegian National Youth Choir was founded in 1987 by conductors Joar Rørmark and Carl Høgset. Each summer, the project gathers 40 talented singers from all parts of Norway between 16 and 26 years of age. The repertoire is broad and differs from year to year; from renaissance and romantic music, national and international folk music to contemporary music.
The choir has participated in several international choral festivals and competitions, winning several prizes. In 2007 the choir won 1st Prize in the C. A. Seghizzi competition in Gorizia, Italy. In 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 the choir participated in the Europa Cantat festivals in Barcelona, Mainz, Utrecht, Torino, Pécs and Tallinn.
In 2017 the Norwegian National Youth Choir celebrated its 30th anniversary with several special projects. The choir was chosen amongst 8 youth choirs from around the world to participate in the International Youth Choir Festival, performing in the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London. In October the anniversary was celebrated in Oslo with all 10 of the choir’s former conductors. During the anniversary concert there were performances of pieces commissioned by the choir throughout its history. A new commission by composer and former singer Frank Havrøy was performed by over 120 former singers and soloist Tora Augestad.
In 2017-2018, conducted by Yuval Weinberg, the Norwegian National Youth Choir joined with the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and their conductor Grete Pedersen, working and performing together. This collaboration between young singers and experienced professionals led to a high-quality concert and a mutually enriching experience for singers from both ensembles. In 2019-2020 NUK will be conducted by Eirik Sørborg, and collaborate with Nordic Voices, allowing more highly experienced singers to inspire young talents.
The Norwegian National Youth Choir project is supported with funds from the Norwegian Cultural Council and is administered by the Norwegian Association of Children and Youth choirs: Ung i Kor.
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