Schola Cantorum

Schola Cantorum is a chamber choir, which was founded 10 years ago by its conductor Hörður Áskelsson, precentor at Hallgrím's Church in Reykjavík. Since the start, the choir has played a significant role on the Icelandic music scene, especially at Hallmgrím's Church.

In 1998, the choir won first prize at a major international competition in Noyon, France. Schola Cantorum has toured in France, Norway, Finland, Italy and Spain.

Its biggest achievement outside Iceland was in Paris in 2004, when it performed along with the famous alternative rock band Sigur Rós in 'Hfafnagaldur Óðins'.

Cantorum's repertoire stretches from Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary music, primarily by Icelandic composers, and it has commissioned and premiered many new Icelandic compositions.

Cantorum has released a number of CDs and taken part in releases of choral works by the likes of Jón Leifs, on the BIS label. The programme in 2007, includes three premieres of works by the Icelandic composers Hafliði Hallgrímsson, John Speight and Sigurður Sævarsson.

The choir will also perform Handel’s 'Israel in Egypt' and contemporary Scandinavian music and take part in an international choral festival in Bochum. Schola Cantorum has recently become a professional choir and was named 'City of Reykjavik Official Music Group' in 2006.