Oslo Cathedral Choir is one of Norway’s foremost choirs, and is a pioneer in Norwegian church music.
In addition to singing at regular services in Oslo Cathedral, the choir’s activities include concert productions, recordings and tours.
It collaborates frequently with professional musicians and orchestras in connection with special services and concerts. One of the choir’s trademarks is its performances of large, significant sacred works (often with orchestra) in regular cathedral services.
Oslo Cathedral Choir has a unique function for the nation of Norway, as it must at all times be prepared to sing at services in connection with events of national significance.
Oslo Cathedral Choir was founded in its present form by Terje Kvam in 1982.
The choir’s present conductor and artistic director is Vivianne Sydnes, cantorof Oslo Cathedral.
Vivianne Sydnes is cantor of Oslo Cathedral, and the conductor and artistic director of Oslo Cathedral Choir. She is also professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music where she is in charge of the bachelor’s degree in choral conducting. She has a degree in church music from the Norwegian Academy of Music and a masters diploma in choral conducting from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Earlier in her career she was cantor in Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, and has also conducted several other choirs including Nova Chamber Choir and the Norwegian National Youth Choir. Sydnes is also involved in developing the Church of Norway’s cultural and liturgical programme.
Partners and sponsors:
Oslo Cathedral Choir is grateful to the following organisations for their continuing support:
Oslo City Council
Norwegian Church Choir Association (Norges kirkesangforbund)