ABOUT OBK

Singers

Sopranos: Anlaug Ersland, Anita Merethe Brattaule Frekhaug, Cecilie Evjen, Karianne Fiske, Maren Haukaas Myhre, Oda Cecilie Lødrup Carlsen, Hilde Udjus Frorud (temp)

Altos: Anita Magdalena Horn, Maria Sæle, Marta Grygier, Noémi Fournier (stand-in), Sigrid Øygard, Silje Høye Steen, Sylvia Tømmervaag, Noémi Fournier (temp)

Tenors: Fredrik Schjerve, Hallvard Lid, Helge Berset, Laila Melkevoll

Basses: Eirik Waldeland, Elias Blichfeldt Mørk, Hallvard Teigen Lund-Heimark, Ole Stokke Vallestad, Øystein Hellesøe Brekke

Artistic Director

Jon Flydal Blichfeldt is the artistic director, conductor and founder of Ole Bull Chamber Choir. Jon is a trained cellist and choir conductor from the Grieg Academy in Bergen and the University College of Tromsø. He has studied choral conducting with Ragnar Rasmussen, Maria Gamborg Helbekkmo, Magnar Mangersnes, Carl Høgset and Thomas Caplin. Jon is a freelance musician and conducts Ole Bull Chamber Choir, Bergen Mannskor and Osterøykoret. He has previously conducted Mannskoret Arme Riddere, the University of Bergen’s official male choir, and Vokalensemblet Skrik. From 2003 to 2010 he was music advisor at the Norwegian Choral Association’s Hordaland office.
With several of his choirs he has accomplished good results in competitions:

  • 2011, at “In… Canto Sul Garda, Italy: the conductor’s prize for conducting Vokalensemblet Skrik
  • 2012, Syng For Oss (Norwegian competition): winner of the Grand Prix with Vokalensemblet Skrik
  • 2014 and 2016, Syng For Oss (Norwegian competition): winner of the category “mixed choirs” with Osterøykoret
  • 2017, London International Choral Competition: heat winner and Runner up (2nd place) in the finals with Ole Bull Chamber Choir.

You can read more about Jon on www.musikant.no (Norwegian text).

Our story

Ole Bull Chamber Choir was founded on 15 January 2015. Ole Bull (1810-1880) was a famous and sought-after violinist. He was not afraid to take artistic risk and was by many considered to be ahead of his time. Even though he is not associated with choral music, Ole Bull was, and still is, a central figure on the Norwegian music scene and his life and career has put its mark on the arts scene in Bergen and the surrounding areas. Just like Ole Bull, the choir’s ambition is to be daring and adventurous and to share high quality musical experiences with audiences both at home and abroad.

The choir has had a busy first few years with many solo concert productions as well as taking part in other choral events in Bergen and abroad. In June 2017, the choir took part in LIACCC, London International Choral Competition, won their qualifying heat, and finished as overall runner-up in the final. The main focus of the choir is presenting a cappella classical and contemporary choir music.

Here is a short overview of our musical activities:

2015:

  • O1 – Debut concert
  • O2 – Noël – a french themed christmas concerts, featuring works by Poulenc, Messiaen and Duruflé

2016:

  • O3 – works by Arvo Pärt, Knut Nystedt and Edvard Grieg
  • O4 – Summer time – works by: Kalvenes (world premiere), Morley and Elgar
  • O5 – The land of dreams – a choral concert inspired by Whitacre’s ”Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine”
  • O6 – XMAS time – british carols and british choral music

2017:

  • O7 – Bach – Jesu, meine Freude (main part of the concert)
  • O8 – The Madrigal – a bouqet of madrigals
  • O9 – novem/neun/nine/neuf/ Nine classic choral works
  • O10 – Norwegian choral works
  • O11 – Bach – Jesu, meine Freude (main piece, with barock bassoon and organ)
  • O12 – West meets East, music from the Russian Orthodox Church and Norwegian Christmas carols

2018

  • O13 – Mass for double choir by Frank Martin with Aurum Chamber Choir, Concerts in Trondheim and Bergen

Choral competitions:

9-10 October 2015, National Choir Championships, Trondheim
Sacred music, category A plassholder_10x5 89,7 out of 100 points, silver diploma
Secular music, category A+ plassholder_10x5 90,1 out of 100 points, gold diploma
 
16-19 June 2016, Grieg International Choir Festival
Contemporary music plassholder_10x5 21,6 out of 25 points
Sacred music plassholder_10x5 19,8 out of 25 points
plassholder_10x5
June/July 2017: London International A Cappella Choral Competition
Winners of Heat 4 and Runner up (2nd place) in the finals.

Repertoire

We have a wide ranging repertoire of classical a cappella choral works. We have sung works from the 1500s until present day, even featuring a world premiere of a choral piece.

Works performed by Ole Bull Chamber Choir (in alphabetic order):

COMPOSER TITLE YEAR OF PERFORMANCE
Allegri, Gregorio Miserere, mei Deus 2018
Arbeau, Thoinot Belle qui tiens ma vie 2017
Attaginant, Pierre Tourdion 2017
Bach, Johann Sebastian Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227 2017
Beck, Thomas (arrangement) Deilig er jorden 2016, 2017
Beck, Thomas (arrangement) Sæle jolekveld! 2017
Bennett, Richard Rodney Five Carols 2016
Berge, Håkon No stig vår song 2018
Brahms, Johannes Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen 2015, 2018
Britten, Benjamin A hymn to the virgin 2015
Brorson, Hans Adolph, arr. R. Rasmussen Mitt hjerte alltid vanker 2016
Bruckner, Anton Os Justi/Graduale 2015
Busnois, Antonie Noël, noël 2015
Busto, Javier Zutaz 2016, 2018
Debussy, Claude Trois Chansons 2015
de Wert, Giaches Peccavi super numerum 2017
Duruflé, Maurice Frå Quatre Motets, No 1 og 2 2015
Elgar, Edward As torrents in summer 2016
Evers, Edvard Jul, jul, strålande jul 2015
Folk song, arr. E. Hovland  Kling no, klokka (damekor)  2017
Folk song, arr. Knut Nystedt  Astri, mi Astri 2015, 2016, 2017
Folk song, arr. Knut Nystedt  Neslandskyrkja 2016, 2017
Folk song, arr. Henning  Bruremarsj frå Valsøyfjord 2016, 2017
Folk song, Russian  Vzgljani siuda 2017
Folk song, Ukranian, arr. S. Burnby  Carol of the Bells 2017
Geavert, Francois Les messages des Anges 2015
Gjeilo, Ola (arrangement) God rest you merry, gentlemen 2016
Gjeilo, Ola (arrangement) O come, o come, Emmanuel 2016
Gjeilo, Ol Ubi caritas 2017, 2018
Grieg, Edvard Fire salmer 2016, 2017
Grieg, Edvard Til Ole Bull 2016
Grieg, Edvard Våren 2015, 2016, 2017
Hoff, Trygve, arr. E. Fagertun Nordnorsk julesalme (mannskor) 2017
Holst, Gustav, arr. Ola Gjeilo In the bleak midwinter 2016
Kalvenes, Tord Darkness cannot drive out darkness 2016
Kirkpatrick, W.J., arr. D. Wilcocks Away in a manger, first tune 2016
Kodály, Zoltán Túrot eszik a cigány 2015, 2016
Korsfarersang, arr. Thomas Beck Deilig er jorden 2015
Lotti, Antonio Crucifixus à 8 voci 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Martin, Frank Mass for Double Choir 2018
Matre, Ørjan Matre (arrangement) Eit barn er født i Betlehem 2016, 2017
Melody from Einsiedeln convent Folkefrelsar til oss kom 2017
Melody from Wittenberg, arr. F. Valen Eg synger jolekvad 2017
Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen 2017
Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix Richte mich, Gott op, 78 nr 2 2017
Messiaen, Olivier O sacrum convivium 2015
Monteverdi, Claudio Lasciate mi morire! 2017
Monteverdi, Claudio Quel Augelin che canta 2017
Morley, Thomas Now is the month of maying 2017
Morley, Thomas Sing we and chant it 2015, 2016, 2017
Mäntyjärvi, Jaakko Die Stimme des Kindes 2016, 2018
Nystedt, Knut (1915–2014) Immortal Bach 2017
Nystedt, Knut Peace I leave with you 2015, 2016, 2017
Nystedt, Knut O Crux 2015, 2016
Palestrina, Giovann Perluigi da Si ignoras te 2017, 2018
Passereau, Pierre Il est bel et bon 2016, 2017
Poulenc, Francis Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël 2015
Purcell, Henry In these delightful, pleasant groves 2017
Pärt, Arvo Bogoroditse devo 2017, 2018
Pärt, Arvo Magnificat 2016
Pärt, Arvo Virgencita 2016, 2017
Pärt, Arvo Which was the son of… 2016, 2017
Rakhmaninov, Sergej Blazjen muzj, op. 37 nr 3 2017
Rakhmaninov, Sergej Bogoroditse devo, op. 37 nr 6 2017
Seiber, Matyas There was an old man in a tree 2016
Świder, Józef Pater Noster 2015
Sigurbjörnsson, Thorkell Heyr himna smiður 2015
Sommerro, Henning Den fattige Gud 2018
Sommerro, Henning Kveldssalme 2018
Sommerro, Henning Vente, vente 2018
Stanford, Charles Villiers Beati quorum via 2016, 2018
Trad. 15th Century Coventry Carol 2016
Tsjesnokov, Pavel Presvjataja bogoroditse, op. 43 nr 1 2017
Tsjesnokov, Pavel Spasenije sodelal, op. 25 nr 5 2017, 2018
Vulpius, Melchior, arr M. Praetorius Coventry Carol 2017
Whitacre, Eric A boy and a girl 2016
Whitacre, Eric Leonardo dreams of his flying machine 2016, 2017, 2018
Whitacre, Eric This marriage 2016, 2018
Wikander, David Kung Liljekonvalje 2016