Dark Music Days 2013 in Reykjavik

The beautiful Hateigskirkja church in Reykjavik. Photo by Roman Gerasymenko

The beautiful Hateigskirkja church in Reykjavik. Photo by Roman Gerasymenko

There’s never a dull day in Reykjavik, even if the days are dark! Apart from the regular displays of Northern Lights and the snow, which stormed into town last night, there’s also an abundance of cultural events to banish the doldrums and lift your spirits. The most recent of them being the Dark Music Days 2013, which is just one of the winter highlights on the Icelandic music festival calendar. Most of the festival’s contemporary music was showcased over the course of this weekend at Reykjavik’s famous Harpa concert hall; that is apart from one concert, which I was very keen to see, not in the least because the venue was Háteigskirkja church – a beautiful white building, crowned with four spectacular black turrets; but it’s also the church I was married in :-)

Vox Feminae serenade us from the aisles. Photo by Roman Gersaymenko

Vox Feminae sing to us from the aisles. Photo by Roman Gersaymenko

Giving a goose-bump inducing performance today at Háteigskirkja (quite a feat given the number of layers I was wearing) was the all female choir Vox Feminaewho performed a number of emotionally charged compositions by the critically acclaimed composers: Hjámar H. Ragnarsson, Bára Grímsdóttir and Gerhard Deutschmann. From the opening dulcet tones to the breathtaking closing cadence, I was enraptured; even more so by the passion exhibited by the choir conductor Margrét Pálmaóttir! I have to say, if this was on offer every Sunday I might just attend church more often!

Vox Feminae performing Agnus Dei

Vox Feminae performing Agnus Dei

Flowers for the ladies: Bara Grimsdottir and Margret Palmadottir. Photo by Roman Gerasymenko

Flowers for the ladies: Bara Grimsdottir and Margret Palmadottir. Photo by Roman Gerasymenko

 

 

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