Norwegian Girls Choir

[Note: someone has sent me a link to the amazing “Arc Descents” along with a request to Please send music!  Unfortunately every photo I can find of David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir seems to be all dudes, or I would put it in a separate post. Oh do listen, even if it is a sausagefest. There are very few women who can sing overtones, and even fewer that I like.  So the only thing I can think of to post in return is the Norwegian Girls Choir – who do know how to sing dissonance – singing black metal in a Norwegian mausoleum.]

The Norwegian Girls Choir (red link) (Det Norske Jentekor) is a girls’ singing group recruited from the Oslo area.  It first started in 1947 as the Norwegian Broadcasting Company’s Girls Choir, and was affiliated with Norway’s public radio and television broadcasting network NRK. The group is under the royal sponsorship of Norwegian Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

Some of Norway’s top composers have written music for the group, including Maja Ratkje, which has been performed in Norway and abroad. Major artists who started their careers in the group include Lilleba Lund and Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz (opera), and Elin Rosseland and Anita Skorgan (jazz and pop).  [Both articles have ugly citation templates.]

Admission to the group is through auditions. The members of the main choir are in the seventh through tenth grades. Most of these come from a feeder choir of fourth through sixth graders. The group gives concerts on Tuesday evenings at Oslo’s Ruseløkka School (red linkhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Ruseløkka School

The group’s current director is Anne Karin Sundal-Ask (red link) (no.wiki), who also teaches conducting at The Norwegian Academy of Music, and has won various prizes and awards.

Past directors include:

  • Founding director Marie Foss (red link) (no.wiki), a Danish conductor and music teacher, from 1938 to 1985. She established a studio choir for girls who aged out of the main choir, and led that group to three BBC awards.
  • Ingunn Bjorland (red link) from 1988
  • Edle Stray-Pedersen (red link)
  • Barbro Karita Grenerson (red link), from 1995 to 2005.

Controversy

In 2012 the choir was scheduled to perform at the UN General Assembly in New York, but part of the show, which included lyrics shrieking the names of some of the world’s worst tyrants, including Hitler and Mussolini to Quisling, Stalin, Lenin, Castro, Tito, Maria Antoinette and Papa Doc, was censored by the organizers.  Instead the choir performed a folk music repertoire.

The piece, Ro Uro, was written specifically for the group, and had won a competition in Japan five years earlier. The piece is truly bizarre, you can

Selected discography

List here.

Videos

Official YouTube channel: Det norske jentekor

With Myrkur

We hold who we are
We carry the weight of the storm
And we hope to be whole
Buried where memories are born

We don’t stop,
We don’t stop for no one!
We won’t break, the world won’t wait for you!

We don’t stop,
We don’t stop for no one!
We won’t break, the world won’t wait for you!

We hold who we are
We carry the weight of the storm
We were born to be Gods
Chasing the light that we are

We don’t stop,
We don’t stop for no one!
We won’t break, the world won’t wait for you

MYRKUR – “Jeg Er Guden, I Er Tjenerne” (Official Track)

  • and “Song To Hall Up High” (MYRKUR sings, “My time has come to die”) on Soundcloud.

I know you watch over me
Father of all the past
And all that will ever be
You are the first and the last

The watcher of all that lives
The guardian of all that died

The one-eyed God way up high
Who rules my world and the sky

Northern wind take my song up high
To the Hall of glory in the sky
So its gates shall greet me open wide
When my time has come to die

MYRKUR – “Onde Børn” (Official Music Video)

Full album here, go for it (if it is “unavailable”, just right click and copy paste the URL into a new tab):

 

 

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