Olav' Festival with world-class classical concerts

Every single day during the festival, Olav's Festival offers powerful musical experiences, concerts which challenge and transform!

- Music can seep into all the nooks and crannies of the soul and can therefore cause transformation, according to the world renowned Scottish composer James MacMillan (pictured). He participates in Olav' Festival where this year theme is precisely transformion, and we are proud to present our programme of classical and church music:

Opening concert: A EUROPEAN REQUIEM

James MacMillan conducts the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra for his own work A European Requiem. World famous Annette Dasch is then soprano soloist in Vier letzte lieder by Richard Strauss. International stars front TSO and a magnificent choir, comprising Trondheim Vocal Ensemble, the TSO choir, the Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir and Nidaro Cathedral choir.
Nidaros Cathedral, Sunday 28. July 19.00
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Singalong in The Archbishop's Courtyard with SKRUK 

One of the most popular festival traditions is the psalm evening in The Archbishop’s Courtyard. This year community singing will be even more central. Per Oddvar "Prots" Hildre conducts his choir in a program tailored for the joy of singing, with community singing of hymns and other songs.
The Archbishop's Courtyard. Monday 29. July 20.00
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Per Oddvar «Prots» Hildre

St. Olav's Day Concert: Transformation

To round off St. Olav's Day, the tones from the medieval Nidaros will be allowed to fill the cathedral. Schola Sanctae Sunnivae, Nidaros Cathedral Choir and the three cathedral cantors will show how the church music of our time is inspired by the rich tradition of Nidaros Cathedral.
Nidaros Cathedral, Monday 29. July 22.00
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SKRUK/LOVA: Transformation  

SKRUK moves away from Norwegian hymns and into more international waters in this exuberant collaboration with LOVA, Madagascar's official military choir. Instead of marching pace, however, you can expect a rousing live musical encounter and a display of power and rhythm!
Church of Our Lady, Tuesday 20. July 18.00
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Baroque undergoing change

Hardly any style of music has such a span and such great contradictions as Baroque. Each valley had its own idiosyncracies, each composer's specialties. The French considered Italian music pompous and stiff, while the Italians found the French affected and unpredictable. Teachers at the Ringve course let Italy and France face each other in a duel!
Hospitalskirka, Tuesday 30. July 21.00
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The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra

100 of Norway's most talented music students interpret Stravinsky's bold musical drama Petrusjka, a work that offers extreme challenges. The orchestra, led by Johannes Gustavsson, is considered one of the best of its kind in Europe. World renowned Swedish cellist Torleif Thedeen is soloist in Dutilleux's cell concerto.
Olavshallen, Thursday 1. August 18.00
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Ungdomssymfonikerne under ledelse av Johannes Gustavsson

Lisa Moore performs Philip Glass

Few works fit in more naturally with the festival theme than Metamorphosis by Philip Glass himself and interpreted in Nidaros Cathedral by pianist Lisa Moore, who has been called "visionary" by The New Yorker. Moore also performs Glass' Mad Rush, as well as compositions of Pulitzer prize winner David Lang.
Nidaros Cathedral, Thursday 1. August 20.00
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Lisa Moore

Organ recital by Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths is not only an international top level church organist. He is also a Formula One driver and CEO of the world's largest airport, Dubai International Airport. He has personally compiled a programme of works from the French Romantic era - a period that revolutionized and transformed the organ repertoire.
Nidaros Cathedral, Friday 1. August 19.00
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Paul Griffiths

Pilgrim in Organ shoes

Pilgrim in Organ shoes is a national initiative for talented young organist, a master class where children from 8 to 18 meet across ages and skills, instructed by some of the country's foremost organists. The cathedral's four organs are put to use at the same time to make organ music such as you have never heard before!
Nidaros Cathedral, Saturday 3. August 15.00
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Closing concert: Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir

Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir is an international choir established in 2011 by the two conductors Urša Lah from Slovenia and Ragnar Rasmussen from Norway. The choir gathers some of the greatest singing talents from all over the world, and during Olav's Festival the choir sings, among other things, Duruflé's fantastic Requiem.
Nidaros Cathedral, Saturday 3. August 19.00
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Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir

Olav's Festival also offers many other concerts in various genres, including The Cardigans, The September When, Highasakite, Lind+Nilsen+Fuentes+Holm, Rasmus og Verdens Beste Band, The Unthanks and MotorpsychoIn addition, there are family events, theatre, talks and debates, religious services, art exhibitions and markets.

See the complete programme here!