Skálholt Summer Concerts July 1-11 2021

Upbeat: IUA - Camerata and NAIP

July 30 at 19:00

We are excited about introducing a new concept: Upbeat: IUA. It's a collaboration between the music department at Iceland University of the Arts and Skálholt Summer Concerts. Students from the NAIP program will present their own music inspired by their days in Skálholt last autumn. The ensemble Camerata consists of students who wants to specialize in early music, and they will present a program with baroque music for us.

Opening Concert: Cauda Collective, Haukur and Eygló

July 1 at 20:00


At this year's opening concert, the talented, young ensemble Cauda Collective will perform two string quartets by our composers in residence Haukur Tómasson and Eygló Höskuldsdóttir. Cauda Collective will tie them together with their innovative arrangements of Þorlástíðir, resulting in a concert with the newest Icelandic music together with some of the oldest.


Gadus Morhua: The Bishop's Farmhouse

July 2 at 21:00


Gadus Morhua blends Icelandic folk music and baroque music together with songs and text composed by the members of the ensemble. This creates a unique sound that we are really looking forward to hearing in the SKálholt Cathedral. The members of Gadus Morhua is some of Iceland's most renowned musicians in their field: Björk Nielsdóttir, Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson and Steinunn Arnbjörg Stefánsdóttir

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Family Concert: Lítil saga úr orgelhúsi

July 3 at 13:00


Actor Bergþór Pálsson and organist Guðný Einarsdóttir will present “Lítil saga úr orgelhúsi”. It’s an illustrated musical adventure for children that presents the listener with a fun introduction to the organ. The concert will be in Icelandic and is 40 minutes long. 


Family Event: Organ kids

July 3 at 14:00


You can get a chance to build an organ together with the organist Guðný Einarsdóttir and learn more about how the instrument works. The event is for a limited number of children and you need to sign up to participate.  It lasts about an hour and is in Icelandic. 


Una: Partitas plus

July 3 at 16:00


Partitas plus is a project that started in the summer of 2020 in Gröndalshús in Reykjavík. The solo violin partitas by Bach are three, in B minor, D minor and in E major. In Gröndalshús I used the violin of Benedikt Gröndal to improvise on each partita, in Skálholt I will use my own violin where I play my improvisation following each partita by Bach.  


Summer Concert Service: Ásta Soffía

July 4 at 11:00

Ásta Soffía Þorgeirsdóttir will play baroque music on solo accordion at the first Summer Concert Service. The pieces are from her solo concert Saturday July 10.

Nordic Echo: Bach and Melodia Sacra

July 4 at 14:00


The Nordic project Nordic Echo consists of the Dansih/Swedish Camerata Öresund, Finnish Ensemble Nylandia and Icelandic Cantouqe Ensemble. They will perform the Bach’s moving Mass in A Major and music by the “Sewdish Händel” J. H. Roman. They will also bring us into the musical world of the old Icelandic hymns from the manuscript Hymnodia Sacra presented with new music inspired by the manuscript


Nordic Echo: Roman - the Swedish Händel

July 4 at 16:00


The Nordic project Nordic Echo consists of the Dansih/Swedish Camerata Öresund, Finnish Ensemble Nylandia and Icelandic Cantouqe Ensemble. This project is about presenting baroque music together with new music, all with a touch of Nordicness. The ensemble will present a program with German-Nordic baroque pieces together with Icelandic vocal tradition and new Icelandic music. 


Dúó Freyja: Six pieces

July 8 at 20:00


Svava Bernharðsdóttir and Rannveig Marta Sarc. Mother and daughter. Viola player and violinist. They will perform six pieces they commissioned in 2019 by Icelandic composers Mist Þorkelsdóttir, Elín Gunnlaugsdóttir, Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir, Bára Grímsdóttir, Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir and María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir. 


Ásta Soffía: Baroque Music on the accordion

July 10 at 14:00


Ásta Soffía Þorgeirsdóttir, accordionist, will perform keyboard pieces by Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, François Couperin og J. S. Bach. Experience beautiful baroque music in the Skálholt Cathedral. 


Artist Talk: Hljómeyki

July 10 at 16.15 


The conductor of Hljómeyki, Hreiðar Ingi Þorsteinsson, will talk us through the program for the concert Cantate Domino. We will also hear composer Bára Grímsdóttir talk about the commission “Syngið Drottni nýjan söng“ that will be premiered at the concert. 


Berglind María Tómasdóttir

July 10 at 17:00


We are happy to have Hljómeyki back at Skálholt Summer Concerts. They will perform a program of church music by J. S. Bach, D. Scarlatti, Cecilia McDowall and a new piece by Bára Grímsdóttir. Conductor is Hreiðar Ingi Þorsteinsson and organist is Guðný Einarsdóttir.

Summer Concert Service: Hljómeyki

July 11 at 11:00


Hljómeyki will perform some of the pieces from their concert Cantate Domino at the second and last Summer Concert Service.


Artist talk: Haukur and Eygló

July 11 at 16:15


We will hear from the composers in residence Haukur Tómasson and Eygló Höskuldsdóttir Viborg. They will tell us more about the pieces that will be premiered at the final concert.


Final concert: Haukur and Eygló

July 11 at 17:00

At this concert you will hear the four new pieces by our composers in residence Haukur Tómasson and Eygló Höskuldsdóttir Viborg written especially for the unique acoustics in the Skálholt Cathedral. The pieces are performed by viola player Svava Bernharðsdóttir, violinist Rannveig Marta Sarc, accordionist Ásta Soffía Þorgeirsdóttir and organist Guðný Einarsdóttir.