Tour with the Friends Association 2019

The Friends Association of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival consists of approx. 70 members. The Friends Association is the festival’s closest supporters and ambassadors throughout the year. Membership gives members a number of benefits during the festival. In addition, a special theme tour is arranged. This year, we went to one of the big, classic metropolises: London.

A total of 17 members of the Friends Association participated in this year’s tour which lasted a whole week. Under the direction of general manager Knut Kirkesæther, they received three Proms concerts in the fantastic Royal Albert Hall.

Spectacular concerts

Already on Sunday they heard the BBC Symphonic Orchestra (conductor Sakari Oramo) perform works by Mussorsky, Andriessen, Weir and Sibelius with singer Nora Fisher as soloist. On Tuesday, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Simon Bykov) performed works by Smetana, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. The last concert at the Royal Albert Hall was with the Aurora Orchestra (Nicolas Collon) performing “Symphony Fantastique” by Hector Berlioz. This is a scenic performance where the musicians play without notes. It is all staged by the orchestra and the conductor, with the use of lights, designs and actors.

Coming close

In addition to the big Proms concerts, there were several lunch concerts. Among other things, in the church of St. Martin in the Fields, the church that gave the name to the chamber orchestra of the same name. There was also chamber concert in Wigmore Hall, a chamber music temple in the classical world. Here the group also got a personal meeting with one of the central musicians after the concert, violinist Hugo Ticciati. He took his time with the group where he both came up with his own stories and answered questions with well-chosen words.

Other activities were arranged for evensong and tour of the venerable Westminster Abbey, various art exhibitions, tour of the Thames, musicals and other well-known tourist attractions. The members all stayed very centrally in the same hotel, central London. During the week there was of course plenty of time for individual activities.

Sunday, September 8th
Royal Albert Hall: BBC Symphonic Orchestra (Sakari Oramo)

Monday 9 September
Westminster Abbey: Evensong with the choir at Westminster Abbey

Tuesday, September 10
Royal Albert Hall: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Simon Bykov)

Wednesday, September 11
St. James Church: Lunch concert

Thursday, September 12
Royal Albert Hall: Aurora Orchestra (Nicolas Collon)

Friday, September 13
St. James Church: Lunch concert

Saturday 14 September
St. Martin in the Fields: Organ Concert with Matthew Jorysz
Wigmore Hall: Concert with the theme “The healing power of music”. The concert introduced by John Suchet (Classic FM).

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Knut Kirkesæther
E-mail: knut@lofotenfestival.com
Phone: +47 913 98 640

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