South Iceland Chamber Choir at the Chorus Festival

The Southbank Centre's Chorus Festival celebrates the power of the voice and the spirit of communal singing. This year's festival welcomes choirs from the Nordic countries as part of the Nordic Matters programme.

Immerse yourself in the singing voices of the South Iceland Chamber Choir (Kammerkór Suðurlands) and singers from the Southbank Centre's Voicelab in Surrounded by Strangers on the 1st and 2nd of July.

The piece asks both performers and audiences how it feels to be surrounded by strangers, addressing themes of loneliness and alienation in this increasingly busy, hyper-connected world. Looking into these issues that plague modern society, Norwegian composer Eyvind Gulbrandsen developed Surrounded by Strangers in collaboration with the South Iceland Chamber Choir and their Musical Director, Hilmar Örn Agnarsson and the Voicelab.

Audiences are invited to dive into this vocal testimony, wandering through the performance space. Instead of following a formalised framework, the piece creates space for the singers' individuality, eccentricities and expressions.

The result of this collaboration is a remarkable, personal and emotional experience, which brings audiences face-to-face with performers laying themselves bare.

Audiences can also enjoy a performance of Birta (2015) by Icelandic composer Georg K. Hilmarsson, which is inspired by the light, colour and landscapes of Iceland and California.


Surrounded by Strangers
Saturday 1 July at 3:30pm and 6pm
Sunday 2 July at 3:30pm and 6pm
Weston Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Green Side
Royal Festival Hall
Buy tickets here.

The South Iceland Chamber Choir will also perform at these events:

Nordic Choirs Take the Stage
Saturday 1 July at 2pm
Central Bar Foyer, Level 2
Royal Festival Hall
Free entry

Big Sing: Songs from the Nordics
Sunday 2 July 2017 at 1:30pm
Riverside Terrace, Level 2
Outside Royal Festival Hall
Free entry

The events are part of Nordic Matters - a year-long festival of arts and culture from the Nordic countries at Southbank Centre in London.

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