Nidaros Cathedral Boys' Choir

Arve Tellefsen

In December 1996, to celebrate the arrival of 50th Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square, it seemed fitting to mark the occasion by holding a Norwegian Christmas Concert in London under the auspices of the Norwegian Embassy and the City of Oslo.

The concert took place on 6th December in Westminster Abbey in the presence of HM Queen Sonja and HRH the Duke of York. The Abbey was full to overflowing with specially invited guests and the varied programme ranged from traditional English and Norwegian Christmas carols to modern British and international sacral compositions. Norway's foremost boys' choir, S°lvguttene - the Silver Boys - were flown in for the occasion, as were the brilliant young soprano Solveig Kringelborn and the outstanding baritone Terje Stensvold.

The concert was a huge success.It was recorded by the BBC and excerpts were broadcast in the programme 'Sunday Half Hour'.

In December 1997, with a change of venue and performers, the second Norwegian Christmas Concert was held in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church. Another top boys' choir came over from Norway, this time the Nidaros Cathedral Boys' Choir, and with the participation of the eminent violinist Arve Tellefsen, the programme included Palestrina, Bruckner, Handel and Ole Bull, Norway's 19th century violin virtuoso and composer.

Again, the concert was played to a packed church, as was the lunch-time concert open to all earlier in the day.

In December 1998, the Norwegian Christmas Concert is showing signs of becoming a tradition. The Nidaros Cathedral Boys' Choir and the violinist Arve Tellefsen will again perform in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church with a programme of English and Norwegian Christmas favourites and classical religious pieces. There will also be a chance of audience participation in the popular carol Glade Jul/Silent Night, sung in Norwegian and English.

The 1998 concert
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