Oslo International Church Music Festival is held for 10 days from 6th to 15th of March. The festival’s concerts are held in the churches of Norway’s capital city, with Oslo Cathedral as the main venue.
2015 marks the fifteenth Oslo International Church Music Festival. The festival is an inclusive forum for church musicians, choirs, orchestras and ensembles, and for people regardless of their affiliation or belief. The festival is a central institution in the development of church music in Norway, and makes a major contribution to Oslo’s recognition as an international music capital in Europe.
The festival is Norway’s largest exhibition of early music and associated international specialist performers (Astrid Kvalbein, Aftenposten), while it garners considerable international attention in the efforts to make contemporary music more visible and accessible through development efforts and educational initiatives.
Oslo International Church Music Festival proves that contemporary music is very much alive in Norway. It is not only accepted, but listened to, and not only by experts. The festival presents classics such as Charpentier’s “Te Deum” and Händel’s “Messiah,” but what makes this festival so interesting are the works of contemporary composers. The concerts of their works were as well attended as those of their late colleagues. (Thomas Migge, Westdeutscher Rundfunk WDR)
The focus of the festival is the diversity of church music as a historical genre and preserving the tradition and developing it further.