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"If you were music, I would listen to you ceaselessly, and my low spirits would brighten up." - Anna Akhmatova

Collegium Musicum is one of the leading musical ensembles in Bergen and a central meeting ground for professional and amateur musicians. Established by Professor Jan Christensen in 1978, the ensemble consists of a choir and orchestra totalling 80 members. Collegium Musicum’s repertoire primarily features the major classical choral works but extends to romantic, modern, and contemporary music. The ensemble is devoted to renewing the tradition by promoting and commissioning new works and enjoys the musical partnership with a number of internationally high-profiled conductors and soloists. In cooperation with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (BFO), Collegium Musicum has participated on acclaimed CD releases of the music of Janáček (Grammy nomination), Berlioz, Elgar, and Britten. Collegium Musicum Choir performed Britten’s Peter Grimes with the Bergen Philharmonic in a much-acclaimed concert performance at Bergen International Festival and Edinburgh International Festival, the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet in Oslo, and London’s Royal Festival Hall. The subsequent recording of this work received the Gramophone Award in 2021 for Best Classical Album.
 

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