O beata Cecilia

Voces Thules will give concert, dedicated to Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians and Church music. The event will take place December 9th 2011 at 21hrs.  Tickets will be available at the entrance at Langhotskirkja where the concert will be given (Ikr 2000).  At the concert Voces Thules, , will use for the first time a renewed Hurdy Gurdy instrument in possession of the Icelandic National Broadcast service. Here you can see demo from the TV program “Kastljós”.

 

Concert tonight postponed

Due to illness of one of the artists the concert tonight: o beata Cecilia has been
postponed. Further info will be given later.

 

O beata Cecilia

Voces Thules will give concert, dedicated to Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians and Church music. The event will take place November 22nd 2011 at 21hrs.  Tickets will be available at the entrance at Langhotskirkja where the concert will be given (Ikr 2000).  At the concert Voces Thules, , will use for the first time a renewed Hurdy Gurdy instrument in possession of the Icelandic National Broadcast service –O beata Cecilia,

Voces Thules -Concert at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair

Voces Thules will participate. Iceland is a guest of honour the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair and the group will give an overview of Icelandic music in An archaic-mediaeval concert  October 1st (see here:http://www.archaeologisches-museum.frankfurt.de/english/temporary/sagaage.html)

Voces Thules in Isafjörður (church) Sunday September 25th 2011

VocesThules will give concert in the Church of Isafjörður Sunday 25th 2011.  The concerts starts at 16hrs and will be a mixture of church and secular music.

Skriðuklaustur. Voces Thules perform in the ruins of Skriðuklaustur-monastery

Voces Thules did perform at the festival Ormsteiti in Skriðuklaustur, East Iceland on Sunday 21st of August. It was quite spectacular for the group to sing in the ruins of the monastery in Skriðuklaustur during a service. Voces Thules does not know for sure how long time there has passed since someone did sing Icelandic medieval Church music in that place in a ceremony.  It could be for the first time in more than 500 years. Who knows? The Monastery was closed down in the year 1552 when Icelanders changed their religion from Catholicism to Lutheran.

The picture shows Lára G. Oddsdóttir, pastor in Valþjófsstaður and David Tencer in the order of Kapúsína-monks in Iceland and Voces Thules in the ruinsog the Skriðuklaustur- monastery.

Voces Thules in Siglufjörður at last…

From Siglufjörður - The manager of VT,Arngerður Árnadóttir, on stage, playing.It was about time Voces Thules participated in the Folk Music Festival in Siglufjörður in the Nort part of Iceland.  The festival was on for the 12th time this summer and was a big success. Voces Thules performed in a part of the Museum in Siglufjörður called The Boat House and the stage was an old fishing boat from the time when Siglufjörður was the most important Herring-harbour in Iceland and probably in the whole world. The audience filled the Boat house, sitting on the piers. The title of the festival was “Let there be danced” so Voces Thules dedicated a part of the program to the old, Icelandic dance songs, Vikivaki, in addition to a traditional Icelandic medieval Music.

Here you can see (in Icelandic, sorry) brief critics about the Concert.  Mr. Jónas Sen, who wrote the article in Fréttablaðið, stated that the concert was unique and entertaining. The instruments used were miscellaneous and so was the music. It was like being brought back in time to listen to this music. This concert was in a nutshell what you expect from a festival like this. The arrangements where exciting.  Also he mentioned that the audience was given insight to the music of Iceland in the middle age.

Thingvellir Church Concert

Voces Thules gave a Church concert in Thingvellir-church July 5th 2011. The Concert was a part of a program “Tuesdays in Thingvellir – Church” which has become quite popular.  Every seat in the Church was taken and outside the Church some 40-50 attendees who did not manage to get one of the  50 seats available in the Church, enjoyed the Concert outdoors.  The management of Voces Thules took a brave decision and moved the second half of the concert outdoors. Visitors in Thingvellir (Thingvellir), which where many this beautiful summer evening, did get an extra bit of Icelandic culture visiting Thingvellir this Tuesday-evening in the Midnight sun.

Stefánshellir, Voces Thules and IsNord

You sometimes find yourself performing in not so traditional places and that happened June 12th when Voces Thules gave a concert in Stefánshellir, a large cave in the Hallmundarhraun. The concert was a part of the IsNord-music festival.
Frá Stefánshelli, námuljósin komu sér vel til að sjá á nóturnar

Voces Thules visits Sevilla

Voces Thules constructed a workshop and a lecture on the “The international conference for the European Association of Dance Historians” in Sevilla, Spain on the 23rd – 25th of September 2010. All participants were students of Conservatorio de danza and representatives from many European countries on the Confrence. Voces Thules topics were from the studies of Sigríður Valgeirsdóttir with help of Darrens Royston, a specialist of dance, that has thoroughly looked into her studies.

The group then performed on a concert in the agent town Carmona in cooperation with the town´s cultural offices.