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 22 singers from the city of Bergen and the surrounding areas west in Norway. Our conductor and artistic director is Jon Flydal Blichfeldt.

Singers

Sopranos: Anlaug Ersland, Hilde Udjus Frorud, Karianne Fiske, Kimberly Martine Kleftås, Maren Haukaas Myhre, Marte Lokøy Gundersen, 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

Basses: Elias Blichfeldt Mørk, Jonas Johan Solsvik, Martin S. Brun, Ola Buen Michelet, 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 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

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 of25points
Sacred music plassholder_10x5 19,8 out of25points
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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):

COMPOSER TITLE
Allegri, Gregorio Miserere, mei Deus
Arbeau, Thoinot Belle qui tiens ma vie
Attaginant, Pierre Tourdion
Bach, Johann Sebastian Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier
Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
Beck, Thomas (arrangement) Deilig er jorden
Sæle jolekveld!
Bennett, Richard Rodney Five Carols
Berge, Håkon No stig vår song
Brahms, Johannes Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen
Britten, Benjamin A hymn to the virgin
Brorson, Hans Adolph, arr. R. Rasmussen Mitt hjerte alltid vanker
Bruckner, Anton Os Justi/Graduale
Busnois, Antonie Noël, noël
Busto, Javier Zutaz
de Wert, Giaches Peccavi super numerum
Debussy, Claude Trois Chansons
Distler, Hugo Ich brach drei dürre Reiselein
Duruflé, Maurice Quatre Motets, No. 1 and 2
Dyrud, Torbjørn Lovesong II
Snart kysser hun sin venn i rosenhagen
Elgar, Edward As torrents in summer
Evers, Edvard Jul, jul, strålande jul
Ferrario, Pietro Ubi caritas
Folketone, arr. Bjørn Alterhaug No koma Guds englar
Folk song, arr. E. Hovland Kling no, klokka (damekor)
Folk song, arr. Knut Nystedt Astri, mi Astri
Neslandskyrkja
Folk song, arr. Henning Sommerro Bruremarsj frå Valsøyfjord
Folk song, Italian, arr. Jens Bugge Olsen O sanctissima
Folk song, Russian Vzgljani siuda
Folk song, Ukranian, arr. S. Burnby Carol of the Bells
Geavert, Francois Les messages des Anges
Gjeilo, Ola God rest you merry, gentlemen
O come, o come, Emmanuel
Ubi caritas
Grieg, Edvard Fire salmer
Til Ole Bull
Våren
Gruber, Franz Xaver Stille Nacht
Hammerschmidt, Andreas Machet die Tore weit
Haydn, Joseph Missa in tempore belli (Paukemesse)
Hoff, Trygve, arr. E. Fagertun Nordnorsk julesalme (male choir)
Holst, Gustav, arr. Ola Gjeilo In the bleak midwinter
Hovland, Egil Jerusalem
Händel, Georg Friedrich Tochter Zion
Kalvenes, Tord Darkness cannot drive out darkness
Kirkpatrick, W.J., arr. D. Wilcocks Away in a manger, first tune
Kodály, Zoltán Túrot eszik a cigány
Korsfarersang, arr. Thomas Beck Deilig er jorden
Kverno, Trond H. F., arr. I denne søte juletid
Lotti, Antonio Crucifixus à 8 voci
Martin, Frank Mass for Double Choir
Matre, Ørjan Matre (arrangement) Eit barn er født i Betlehem
Melody from Einsiedeln convent Folkefrelsar til oss kom
Melody from Wittenberg, arr. F. Valen Eg synger jolekvad
Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen
Richte mich, Gott op. 78 nr. 2
Messiaen, Olivier O sacrum convivium
Monteverdi, Claudio Lasciate mi morire!
Quel Augelin che canta
Morley, Thomas Now is the month of maying
Sing we and chant it
Mäntyjärvi, Jaakko Die Stimme des Kindes
Nystedt, Knut Immortal Bach
Mary’s Song (equal voices)
O Crux
Peace I leave with you
Palestrina, Giovanni Perluigi da Si ignoras te
Passereau, Pierre Il est bel et bon
Poulenc, Francis Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël
Praetorius, Michael, arr. Jan Sandström Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Purcell, Henry In these delightful, pleasant groves
Pärt, Arvo And I heard a voice…
Bogoroditse devo
Magnificat
Virgencita
Which was the son of…
Rakhmaninov, Sergej Blazjen 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, Josef Anima nostra
Seiber, Matyas There was an old man in a tree
Sommerro, Henning Den fattige Gud
Kveldssalme
Vente, vente
Świder, Józef Pater Noster
Sigurbjörnsson, Thorkell Heyr himna smiður
Stanford, Charles Villiers Beati quorum via
Tigrini, Orazio Cantai un tempo, e se fu dolce il canto
Tsjesnokov, Pavel Presvjataja bogoroditse, op. 43 nr. 1
Spasenije sodelal, op. 25 nr. 5
Trad. 15th Century Coventry Carol
Trad. 13th Century, arr. M. Praetorius In dulci jubilo
Vulpius, Melchior, arr. M. Praetorius Coventry Carol
Whitacre, Eric A boy and a girl
Leonardo dreams of his flying machine
This marriage
Wikander, David Kung Liljekonvalje