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A beautiful, dramatic and majestic start to your Easter holiday! We are very pleased to be able to present to a major Easter concert to the Tromsø public. Joseph Haydn’s church musical work, Skapelsen, was a major triumph for Haydn in 1798, and the work maintains its popularity to this day. We are joined for this occasion by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choirs, the Norwegian Wind Ensemble and the internationally acclaimed conductor Herbert Böck. 

This is a happy reunion for us as many possibly still remember our previous collaboration with the Soloists’ choir and Böck, which was in the spring of 2010 with Mozart’s Requiem.


The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
The Norwegian Wind Ensemble
Tromsø Chamber Orchestra

CONDUCTOR: Herbert Böck


The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir:
One of Norway’s leading vocal ensembles, the choir has a unique position on the Norwegian cultural scene. The choir has given more than 200 premiere performances, including more than 70 works by Norwegian composers. The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir works nationally and internationally. The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir has participated in a host of festivals, both in Norway and overseas. In recent years, we can mention the Bergen International Festival, Oslo International Church Music Festival, Ultima, Kristiansand International Church Music Festival, the Vestfold International Festival, the Festival of Saint Olav in Trondheim, Elverum Music Festival, Risør Chamber Music Festival, Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival and Stavanger 2008.

In 2002 the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir became the first Norwegian choir to be invited to the Symposium for Choral Music in USA, and in the autumn of 2004 the Soloists’ choir embarked on a tour of Norway under the auspices of Concerts Norway. In the spring of 2005, the Soloists’ choir had a hectic programme with a concert with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Leif Ove Andsnes, recording for NRK television, CD recording and a tour to Canada, where the choir was invited to represent Norway at concerts in Toronto and Edmonton.

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir has collaborated with a host of soloists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Randi Stene, Øystein Birkeland, Bjarte Hjelmeland and Stian Carstensen. The choir often collaborates with leading orchestras such as the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and Europa Galante.

The artistic director of the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir is Grete Pedersen.


Herbert Böck was born in Austria and studied the oboe, musical composition and direction at the Vienna Academy of Music. Böck received early international recognition and awards in international competitions as artistic director of Concentus Vocalis Wien. In 1989 he was employed as the principal conductor of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra, and since then the orchestra has had a busy concert programme and several broadcasts on radio and TV.

From 1989-1998 he was artistic director of Wiener Singakademie (the choir of the Wiener Konzerthaus), and in 1995 was appointed as a professor at the Salzburg Academy of Music Mozarteum.

Herbert Böck’s career as an orchestra conductor started in 1987 and has resulted in collaboration with ensembles including the wind ensemble of the Vienna Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Malmø Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestra of The New Opera (Bergen), the Gothenburg Symphony, Academy St. Michael and Tonkünstlerorchester of Lower Austria. He has also conducted at festivals including Wiener Fetwochen, Wien Modern, Klangbogen Wien and Styrian Autumn.

His debut as a conductor in Norway was in 1997 with the orchestra of The New Opera (Bergen), and in 1998 with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, where he led J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor.


The Norwegian Wind Ensemble, founded in 1734, is Norway’s oldest professional orchestra in continual operation. The ensemble is also Norway’s oldest cultural institution for performing arts of any type in continual operation, and as such is part of Norway’s national heritage. The ensemble celebrated its 275th anniversary in 2009.

The ensemble has a dual artistic profile, which undergoes constant cultivation over time. The first component is the historical, with an increasingly broader and deeper activity aimed at original performance practice performed on replicas of historic instruments. This includes early music, baroque and romantic music practice for wind players. The ensemble is among other things about to build up a wind orchestra featuring wind instruments. The English baroque specialist Mark Bennett has provided important support in this respect since the 2010 season. And the romantic wind tradition is being continued through releases of Oscar Borg’s music for military wind players in the period 1880-1920, in collaboration with the conductor Bjarte Engeset.

The second component of the profile, and the counterweight of the historical programme, is the Norwegian Wind Ensemble’s extensive investment and programme for modern and contemporary music. This has resulted in several ground-breaking projects with Norwegian contemporary composers, where the collaboration with Peter Tornquist and Eivind Buene is worthy of special mention. The ensemble has developed a programme for new music which incorporates improvisation as a form element, called real time music. The efforts regarding real time music has resulted in a strong academic collaboration with the Norwegian Academy of Music, which is displayed annually through the “Realtime music symposium” in which composers and performers from around the globe arrive at the Norwegian Academy of Music to collaborate with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble.

Overall, the Norwegian Wind Ensemble has a modernistic profile, in which old and new original music goes hand in hand. Greater emphasis is placed on the qualitative aspect that the quantitative with respect to both professional standard and building an audience over time.