Bergen Philharmonic Chorus was formally established in 1919, but actually the choir’s history is just as old as “Harmonien” itself, that is from 1765. The choir continues to be connected with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and comprises of approximately 100 active singers. We rehearse each Wednesday from 19.00 to 21.30 in Grieghallen under the direction of Håkon Matti Skrede.
The choir has steadily improved over the past decade, as we have tackled more and more demanding works. Our recordings have been well received nationally and internationally and the increasing number of requests for our participation in a wide range of projects are signs of a choir with ambition that can deliver.
For example, the 2015 recording of Janáčeks Glagolitic Mass, by Chandos Records, was nominated for a Grammy Music Award in 2017 in the category of “Best Choral Performance”. We are proud to have received the honour of this nomination, along with our fellow musicians and friends in Harmonien, Edvard Grieg Choir, Choir of Collegium Musicum, and Bergen Cathedral Choir.
Come and join us!
Bergen Philharmonic Chorus is continually seeking good singers who would like to contribute to its development. If you want to prioritize choral singing and sing with one of Europe’s best orchestras in Bergen’s biggest concert halls, then perhaps we are the choir for you. Our repertoire consists of various choral works – from the old masters to the premieres of modern compositions. The choir’s programme is decided in most part by the program committee of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. However we also have arranged our own concerts, singing either a capella or with a small group of instruments. Thus the choir’s speciality is not a particular style or era – we are able to sing it all. Our “home arena” is the main stage at Grieghallen where we perform with the orchestra.
You are welcome to audition!
Auditions are held at the beginning of each of our two semesters. We have a particular need for men’s voices, but sopranos and altos are also welcome to audition!
Express your interest here!
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