After a somewhat different 2020, we have made a brief look back at the year that started with high expectations. Already for Christmas 2019, we sold a record number of festival passes to Lofoten Piano Festival 2020. Several groups and audiences from abroad also announced their arrival. This was also the year we were to conduct our first quartet seminar where as many as 3 young string quartets from home and abroad were invited.
We also looked forward to using our new Steinway & Sons model D in Svolvær Church. The instrument was solemnly inaugurated by Christian Grøvlen on Saturday 7 March. Svolvær Church was therefore well represented in this summer’s concert program.
Already on January 26, we invited to a solo concert with Leif Ove Andsnes in Buksnes Church. About 300 took the trip to a concert of the completely unique kind. This was one of his total of four planned solo concerts in Norway this year.
Canceled festivals 2020
In March, Norway shut down due to covid-19. Shortly afterwards, it was decided to cancel the Lofoten Piano Festival 2020. Among other things, travel restrictions made it difficult to implement the international program. As a small patch on the wound, we invited the young string quartet Sonoro to Lofoten. They held several smaller free concerts around Lofoten to mark what should have been a festival.
Even before the summer, we launched Klassisk Novemberlys with a new program consisting only of Norwegian artists. Despite restrictions, there was a good response to ticket sales. The festival was programmed for the core audience in Lofoten, but also to attract new audiences. Both the opening concert in Svolvær Church on 11 November and the final concert in Buksnes Church on 15 November were therefore free.
New restrictions at the beginning of November made it more difficult, among other things, to hold concerts in churches. We went from 200 to 50 spectators overnight. With orchestra and soloists, there would be many concerts with more people on stage than in the hall. Classic November lights were therefore canceled.
Lofoten Piano Festival 2020
After almost two years of preparations, this festival was at the same high level as previous festivals. Feel free to take a look back at the program that was to be carried out here.
Classic November light 2020
At short notice, this festival was planned as an alternative festival with only Norwegian artists. Feel free to take a look back at the program that was to be carried out here.
New festival 2021
Despite two canceled festivals in 2020, we have already worked for two years with the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival 2021, which we hope to launch soon. The program is ready with several big names from both home and abroad waiting to come to Lofoten. As we are now in our second wave, we are waiting in the hope of knowing more about how spring and summer will be.
We are in good spirits and look forward to arranging classical music festivals, also in the future. This would not have been possible without everyone around us. We therefore send a big thank you to our loyal audience, our committed volunteers, and all our supporters and partners in Lofoten. Finally, we would also like to thank you for all the supportive words we have received over the past year.
With that, we all wish a really happy new year – hopefully with more live classical music, also in Lofoten.