Bolteløkka Jentekor, from Bolteløkka School at Bislett in Oslo, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by releasing the album Jolevisur.
“We’re presenting Christmas songs this time: ancient and brand new, Norwegian and Swedish, and some that aren’t heard every year,” says director Linn Andrea Fuglseth. “I always look for the ones that are heard least. ‘Et barn er født i Betlehem’, in a version from Sørkedalen, for example. I had never heard that melody before discovering it in Jørn Simen Øverli’s book Markaviser recently.”
About Bolteløkka Girls choir
Bolteløkka Girls’ Choir was founded by Linn Andrea in 2004, and is connected with Bolteløkke School in Oslo. In its annual projects the choir has collaborated with musicians such as Stian Carstensen, Tuva Syvertsen, Arve Henriksen, Trio Mediæval, Haakon Esplo, Nymark Collective and André Viervoll.
The choir is made up exclusively of students at the school, and comprises nearly eighty girls from six to twelve years of age. On Jolevisur the choir is accompanied by seasoned musicians Vegard Vårdal, Åsmund Reistad, Sigurd Hole and Kenneth Ekornes.
Conductor Linn Andrea Fuglseth
Linn Andrea Fuglseth (b. 1969) grew up in Vestfold, and studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She established the vocal group Trio Mediæval in 1997. The trio has earned international acclaim for its performances of medieval and contemporary music, and was nominated for a Grammy Award and a Spellemannspris (Norwegian Grammy Award) for the recording Folk Songs (ECM Records, 2007). Linn Andrea has appeared as a soloist with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Grex Vocalis, Kvarts and Bang on a Can All-Stars (USA). Trio Mediæval is releasing its sixth album, Aquilonis, on ECM in autumn 2014. Linn Andrea also sings in the folk music group Østfolk, and tours for Concerts Norway.
Release concert at Riksscenen, 3 December 2014.