The Norwegian National Youth Choir was founded in 1987 by Joar Rørmark and Carl Høgset, the former was the conductor untill 2003. Every summer, this project choir gathers 40 dedicated amateur singers between 16 and 26 years of age from all parts of Norway. 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 and international choral festivals and competitions, and has also won several prizes through the years. In 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012 the choir took part of the Europa Cantat Festivals in Barcelona, Mainz, Utrecht and Torino. In 2007 the choir won the Gran Premio in the C. A. Seghizzi competition in Gorizia Italy. In 2015 and 2016 Marit Tøndel Bodsberg conducted the choir when they participated in Europa Cantat XIX in Pécs, Hungary (2015) and the 22. Choralies Festival in Vaison-la-Romaine, France (2016).
In 2017, the Norwegian National Youth Choir celebrates 30 years with extraordinary projects: The choir is chosen amongst 8 other youth choirs from around the globe to participate at the International Youth Choir Festival, and will perform in Royal Albert Hall. In July and August 2017 the choir will go on a tour of Norway, and in the fall the anniversary will be celebrated in Oslo, on the 21. of October.
The Norwegian national Youth Choir project is supported with funds from the Norwegian Cultural Council and is administrated by the Norwegian federation of young choirs, Ung i Kor.
Conductors (information in norwegian)
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