ABOUT OBK

Ole Bull Chamber Choir is choir with a passion for classical music. 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. The choir consists of 24 singers from the city of Bergen and the surrounding areas west in Norway. Our conductor and artistic director is Jon Flydal Blichfeldt.

Singers

Sopranos: Hilde Marie Torgauten, Hilde Udjus Frorud, Karianne Fiske, Kimberly Martine Kleftås, Maren Haukaas Myhre, Marte Lokøy Torgersen, Oda Cecilie Lødrup Carlsen

Altos: Anita Magdalena Horn, Hannah Sofie Knoop, Maria Sæle, Marta Grygier, Noémi Fournier, Silje Høye Steen, Sylvia Tømmervaag

Tenors: Alejandro Gómez Villanueva, Carl Fredrik Nyberget, Hallvard Lid, Helge Berset, Laila Melkevoll, Svein Fjermestad, Tommy Erdal

Basses: Elias Blichfeldt Mørk, Martin Steinum Brun, Ola Buen Flagstad Michelet, Ole Vallestad Emmerhoff, 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.

Snart klare til debutkonserten i Knarvik kyrkje, 2015. Foto: Heidi J. Mongstad.
Last preperations for the concert debut in Knarvik Church in 2015.
Photograph: Heidi J. Mongstad

Why Ole Bull Chamber Choir?

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 five 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.

Overview of our musical activities

2015:

  • O1 – Debut concert
  • O2 – Noël – a French themed Christmas concert, 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 baroque 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
  • Concert as part of the the Maria Church Festival 2018
  • Joseph Haydn: Missa in tempore belli, collaboration with Bergen Cathedral Choir and Bergen Filharmonic Orchestra
  • O14 – Stille Nacht, classical German and Norwegian Christmas Music

2019

  • O15 – Klang av evighet / Klank der eeuwigheid with Kamerkoor Venus from Utrecht (Nederland) and Anne Cathrine Eiken (soprano)
  • O16 – Into the golden sun – a presentation of competition repertoire
  • Requiem by Luigi Cherubini, collaboration with Bergen Cathedral Choir and Bergen Filharmonic Orchestra
  • O17 – Den søte juletid – Christmas music from a variety of countries

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
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June/July 2017: London International A Cappella Choral Competition
Winners of Heat 4 and Runner up (2nd place) in the finals.
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August 2019: Concorso Polifonico Guido d’Arezzo
Participation in four competition categories.

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. The list below represents an overview over all works we have sung since the choir was founded in 2015.

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

COMPOSERTITLE
  
Allegri, GregorioMiserere, mei Deus
Arbeau, ThoinotBelle qui tiens ma vie
Attaginant, PierreTourdion
Bach, Johann SebastianIch steh an deiner Krippen hier
 Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
Beck, Thomas (arrangement)Deilig er jorden
 Sæle jolekveld!
Bennett, Richard RodneyFive Carols
Berge, HåkonNo stig vår song
Brahms, JohannesWarum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen
Britten, BenjaminA hymn to the virgin
Brorson, Hans Adolph, arr. R. RasmussenMitt hjerte alltid vanker
Bruckner, AntonOs Justi/Graduale
Busnois, AntonieNoël, noël
Busto, JavierZutaz
Cherubini, LuigiRequiem
de Wert, GiachesPeccavi super numerum
Debussy, ClaudeTrois Chansons
Distler, HugoIch brach drei dürre Reiselein
Duruflé, MauriceQuatre Motets, No. 1 and 2
Dyrud, TorbjørnLovesong II
 Snart kysser hun sin venn i rosenhagen
Elgar, EdwardAs torrents in summer
Evers, EdvardJul, jul, strålande jul
Ferrario, PietroUbi caritas
Folketone, arr. Bjørn AlterhaugNo koma Guds englar
Folk song, arr. E. HovlandKling no, klokka (damekor)
Folk song, arr. Knut NystedtAstri, mi Astri
 Neslandskyrkja
Folk song, arr. Henning SommerroBruremarsj frå Valsøyfjord
Folk song, Italian, arr. Jens Bugge OlsenO sanctissima
Folk song, RussianVzgljani siuda
Folk song, Ukranian, arr. S. BurnbyCarol of the Bells
Geavert, FrancoisLes messages des Anges
Gjeilo, OlaGod rest you merry, gentlemen
 O come, o come, Emmanuel
 Ubi caritas
Grieg, EdvardFire salmer
 Til Ole Bull
 Våren
Gruber, Franz XaverStille Nacht
Hammerschmidt, AndreasMachet die Tore weit
Haydn, JosephMissa in tempore belli (Paukemesse)
Hoff, Trygve, arr. E. FagertunNordnorsk julesalme (male choir)
Holst, Gustav, arr. Ola GjeiloIn the bleak midwinter
Hovland, EgilJerusalem
Händel, Georg FriedrichTochter Zion
Kalvenes, TordDarkness cannot drive out darkness
Kirkpatrick, W.J., arr. D. WilcocksAway in a manger, first tune
Kodály, ZoltánTúrot eszik a cigány
Korsfarersang, arr. Thomas BeckDeilig er jorden
Kverno, Trond H. F., arr.I denne søte juletid
Lotti, AntonioCrucifixus à 8 voci
Martin, FrankMass for Double Choir
Matre, Ørjan Matre (arrangement)Eit barn er født i Betlehem
Melody from Einsiedeln conventFolkefrelsar til oss kom
Melody from Wittenberg, arr. F. ValenEg synger jolekvad
Mendelssohn Bartholdy, FelixDenn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen
 Richte mich, Gott op. 78 nr. 2
Messiaen, OlivierO sacrum convivium
Monteverdi, ClaudioLasciate mi morire!
 Quel Augelin che canta
Morley, ThomasNow is the month of maying
 Sing we and chant it
Mäntyjärvi, JaakkoDie Stimme des Kindes
Nystedt, KnutImmortal Bach
 Mary’s Song (equal voices)
 O Crux
 Peace I leave with you
Palestrina, Giovanni Perluigi daSi ignoras te
Passereau, PierreIl est bel et bon
Poulenc, FrancisQuatre Motets pour le temps de Noël
Praetorius, Michael, arr. Jan SandströmEs ist ein Ros entsprungen
Purcell, HenryIn these delightful, pleasant groves
Pärt, ArvoAnd I heard a voice…
 Bogoroditse devo
 Magnificat
 Virgencita
 Which was the son of…
Rakhmaninov, SergejBlazjen muzj, op. 37 nr. 3
 Bogoroditse devo, op. 37 nr. 6
Raphael, Günther, arr.Maria durch ein Dornwald ging
Reger, Max, arr.Es kommt ein Schiff geladen
 O, Jesulein süss
Rheinberger, JosefAnima nostra
Seiber, MatyasThere was an old man in a tree
Sommerro, HenningDen fattige Gud
 Kveldssalme
 Vente, vente
Świder, JózefPater Noster
Sigurbjörnsson, ThorkellHeyr himna smiður
Stanford, Charles VilliersBeati quorum via
Tigrini, OrazioCantai un tempo, e se fu dolce il canto
Tsjesnokov, PavelPresvjataja bogoroditse, op. 43 nr. 1
 Spasenije sodelal, op. 25 nr. 5
Trad. 15th CenturyCoventry Carol
Trad. 13th Century, arr. M. PraetoriusIn dulci jubilo
Vulpius, Melchior, arr. M. PraetoriusCoventry Carol
Whitacre, EricA boy and a girl
 Leonardo dreams of his flying machine
 This marriage
Wikander, DavidKung Liljekonvalje