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"The only truth is music." - Jack Kerouac

Founded in 1919, the Bergen Philharmonic Choir has roots going back to 1765 when the Music Society Harmonien (now the Bergen Philharmonic) was established for the purpose of organising orchestral concerts. The Choir flourished during the tenure of Edvard Grieg as Music Director, his choral works still holding a special place in its repertoire. The choir thrives under Håkon Matti Skrede, its director since 2004, appearing regularly with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in standard symphonic repertoire, from Mozart to Britten, while also championing more unusual repertoire and contemporary works. Highlights include performances of Britten’s Peter Grimes and War Requiem, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, Arne Nordheim’s Wirklicher Wald, Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, Wagner’s Parsifal, some of these in collaboration with other local choirs. Many discs have received excellent reviews both near and  afar, the recording of the Glagolitic Mass earning a Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance, and the recording of Peter Grimes won the Gramophone Classical Award for Best Opera performance and Gramophone Recording of the Year.

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