Creating unique Nordic sounds

2013-04-23 00:00

HAILED by critics as one of the best in the world, Nordic Voices — a six-voice a cappella ensemble from Oslo, Norway — is not your run-of-the-mill vocal group. Performing this Thursday at Hilton College, the group has a repertoire ranging from medieval to contemporary works.

The six singers (three men and three women) are unrivalled in their genre, and are seasoned in the fine art of sophisticated music-making and stylish performance.

Nordic Voices say the aim of the group was just that: “To perform vocal music on a high, international level.”

The idea was to create a group where all the members had an influence on the musical result — music that the world had never heard before.

In a capella singing, the purists talk about “timbre” — the tone colour or quality from psychoacoustics. And it is the endless possibilities of the human voice and the quality of timbre that Nordic Voices is interested in.

The members of Nordic Voices are graduates of either the Norwegian Academy of Music or the Opera Academy in Oslo. Together they share a broad background in opera, composition, church music and conducting.

Nordic Voices has released four CDs, the latest of which is Lamentations, a recording on the English label Chandos. Their two recordings Reges Terrae (Chandos, 2007) and Djånki-Don (Aurora, 2008) both received a nomination for the Norwegian recording industry’s Spellemann prize.

In 2008, Nordic Voices received the Fartein Valen prize for the contribution to Norwegian contemporary music.

The members of Nordic Voices place an emphasis on understanding themselves in the group to work out how their combined talent can create something special.

In doing so, the Nordic Voices has created its own sound. For the sake of longevity, which it has enjoyed over 13 years, the group focuses on accommodating and ensuring a feeling among its members that they are all a part of the music-making process.

“All the singers of Nordic Voices like working together, and that helps,” the group says.

There are various challenges as well, including keeping the voice — essentially a muscle — fit for performance. But the challenges, they say, are outweighed by “the joy of singing music”.

Nordic Voices will perform on April 25 at a Gala Concert in the Hilton College Theatre, and will be joined by a number of top South African a capella ensembles. Tickets cost R100. Doors open at 6.30 pm, and the concert starts at 7 pm. Bookings are essential at 033 383 0126 or


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.