In Paradisum is the title of this year‘s annual All Saints concert by Schola Cantorum Chamber Choir in Hallgrím‘s Church. The title comes from one of the texts of the Requiem mass.
In the concert, the choir will perform a diverse collection of religious compositions and arrangements by Icelandic and foreign composers alike, mostly from recent years. Schola Cantorum continues on the path laid out with the publication of the Meditatio album, which caught the attention of music lovers in Iceland and abroad for its challenging repertoire and refined performance. All the works will be performed a cappella - they are musically demanding but at the same time accessible, introspective and inspiring for meditation and the memory of departed souls.
Schola Cantorum‘s conductor is Hörður Áskelsson.
This will be a poignant and uplifting music moment by one of Iceland‘s most prominent choirs in the unique acoustics of Hallgrím‘s church.
Schola Cantorum Reykjavicensis was founded in 1996 by the conductor Hörður Áskelsson, the cantor at Hallgrímskirkja (Hallgrim’s Church) in Reykjavík. Schola Cantorum has from the very start played an important role in the Icelandic music scene with a repertoire that consists mainly of renaissance, baroque and contemporary music including numerous premier performances of works by Icelandic composers.
Schola Cantorum has given concerts in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, France and Japan. In 2017 Schola Cantorum was invited by Los Angeles Philharmonic to sing 4 concerts in Walt Disney Concert Hall during Reykjavík Festival in LA.
The choir can be heard in many recordings including complete choral/orchestral works of Icelandic composer Jón Leifs issued by Swedish label BIS. The choir has also worked with artists such as Björk, Sigur Rós, Jóhann Jóhannson, and Swedish experimental band Wildbirds & Peacedrums. Schola Cantorum appears widely on the musical spectrum. For instance the choir sings in the soundtrack of the action-adventure video game God of War released by Sony in April 2018.
Schola Cantorum was appointed by Iceland Music Awards as the Performer of the year 2016.