On March 21st 2017, the South Iceland Chamber Choir held a celebratory concert at Landakot church in Reykjavik to celebrate the publication of its new album, Come Creator - Kom Skapari, on the choirs’ 20th Anniversary. The concert was dedicated to J.S. Bach for his birthday and as part of the Eythor Franszon Wechner, organist, performed work by the master, such as the well known H-moll prelude.
The choir has been working on the album for the past five years and part of the work was premiered at Dark Music Days in Reykjavik in 2012. The choir has throughout the years worked closely with young composers and premiered four new compositions by composers who have work on the album; Georg Kari Hilmarsson, Snorri Hallgrimsson, Orlygur Benediktsson, and Unnur Malin Sigurdardottir.
Since 2004, the South Iceland Chamber choir collaborated with British composer Sir John Tavener who commissioned the choir to premier some of his work at various occasions. The choir performed some of his rarerly heard work at this celebratory concert, inluding work he composed for his daughters and gave to the choir before his passing.
The choir also performed Islands by Welsch composer Jack White with soloist Bjorg Thorhallsdottir, as well as Raddir by Olafur Arnalds which was recorded for his video project and album Island Songs in 2016. Among other work performed are Niður by Hallvardur Asgeirsson, which is a music and dance piece created in collaboration with Saga Sigurdardottir, as well as Veronikukvaedi arranged by Jakob Hallgrimsson which was on the choir’s fyrst album, Ég byrja reisu mín, and Norhern Lighst by long term friend and collaborator Pall a Husafelli.
Visit here for video recordings from the concert.