Classic November Light

Earlier this spring, the Lofoten Piano Festival 2020 was canceled due to Covid-19. The situation made it unthinkable to carry out as planned, but the early cancellation made it possible to rethink. It is therefore a pleasure to invite to Classic November Light this fall.

The Classic November Light opens on Wednesday 11 November in Svolvær Church and ends on Sunday 15 November in Buksnes Church. The festival is strongly inspired by both the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival and the Lofoten Piano Festival, which is normally held in July. The main differences are first and foremost to be seen in the length and number of concerts of the festival. As usual, the artistic level will be held high.

Updates on Classic November Light come here on our website or on our Facebook page.

Northern light in Lofoten
Lofoten Cathedral


Although Classical November Light is an independent festival, several elements are taken from the Lofoten Piano Festival which was to be performed this summer. For example, Bach’s well-known Goldberg variations are still performed by pianist Christian Ihle Hadland. Among the new elements are in particular the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, which, among other things, performs Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for strings.


Travel restrictions have made it difficult to focus on the international artists already scheduled for this summers festival. Still, pianist Christian Ihle Hadland, soprano Ann-Helen Moen, and violinist Arvid Engegård with his own quartet, are still included. In addition, pianist Christian Eggen and the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra have announced their arrival and will hold several concerts under the Classical November Light. The orchestra is led by none other than master violinist Henning Kraggerud

Arvid Engegård
Lofoten Cathedral


Although the outlook for the autumn looks good, there are still restrictions affecting larger events. The implementation of the Classic November Light will therefore continuously be adapted to the restrictions for festivals that apply at all times. This means that changes may still occur in connection with the events. The most important thing is that it should be safe for everyone to attend the events.

For more information about Lofoten as a destination, visit Destination Lofoten.

A limited amount of tickets were put for sale on July 1st.

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