A Norwegian Requiem
UK Tour 25 – 27 November 2013
A Norwegian Requiem presents the UK premiere of Andrew Smith's Requiem, a moving new work dedicated to young, innocent victims of conflict everywhere, in particular those who lost their lives on Utøya on 22 July 2011. The unique trumpet, electronics and vocals of Arve Henriksen with Stale Storløkken on keyboards, combine with the voices of acclaimed girls’ choir Choralia to create music of deep reflective beauty.
English composer and choral specialist, Andrew Smith was commissioned by Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir (Trondheim, Norway) and Arve Henriksen to create this beautiful piece loosely based on the Requiem Mass.
One of the greatest stars of European jazz and new music, Arve Henriksen’s timeless music stretches across genres to create haunting, filmic soundtracks. Ståle Storløkken occupies similarly creative musical territory and, along with Arve, is a member of the band Supersilent whose recent UK tour featured legendary guitarist John Paul Jones. The chamber girls’ choir from Wells Cathedral School, Choralia is the only British choir in 12 years to reach the final of Europe's 'Let the People Sing!' competition and, for the London date, will be joined by LSO Community Choir.
A captivating duet between Arve Henriksen and Ståle Storløkken opens the evening.
Hear some of Arve's brand new release 'Places of Worship'
Arve Henriksen – trumpet
Ståle Storløkken – keyboards
Christopher Finch – choirmaster
Choralia - Wells Cathedral School Girls’ Choir
LSO Community Choir (London date only)
25 November, Gateshead, The Sage, 8pm, £ 16.50. £10 tickets for Choral groups associated with Sage Gateshead, thesagegateshead.org, 0191 443 4661,
26 November, London LSO St Luke’s,8pm, £22 / £15 / £10, lso.co.uk/eclectica, 020 7638 8891
Part of UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica
27 November, Bristol St George’s, 7.30pm £19 / £10 under 18s, stgeorgesbristol.co.uk, 0845 40 24 001
Pre-concert talk with Fiona Talkington in discussion with Arve Henriksen and Andrew Smith, 6.15pm free to ticket holders
Produced by: sounduk. Funded by: Arts Council England, Music Norway & Norsk Jazzforum