We've just arrived at the EU Capital of Culture in Umeå, Northern Sweden and heard that our work has been featured on the cover of International Arts Manager magazine this month with the South Iceland Chamber Choir and Jack White's ongoing collaboration project. Perfect timing as we'll be introducing the choir to their next collaborator Emil Råberg who is the composer in residence for the International Choir Festival and is creating new work for the SICC as they return as a host ensemble for Collaborative Compositions 2014.
Thanks to photographer and film maker Brian Fitzgibbon you can now experience a brief moment of what it's like to sing in one of Hilmar Örn Agnarsson's choirs. Captured at Saturday's concert for the 2014 Reykjavik Arts Festival it makes me think we should install a Conductor Cam™ at all of our events. Hilmar is renowned for his ability to get an incredibly rich and emotional sound from the choristers he leads, a skill that caught the attention of Sir John Tavener a decade ago and started the long relationship between the composer and the South Iceland Chamber Choir.
The best thing though is of course to go and see the choir for real to get the full experience of Hilmar's magic and this week you've got two chances. The first is tomorrow at the Choir's home venue of Skálholt in the mountains of Iceland's Suðurland and is a major fundraising event to allow the choir to continue their work.
If that's too far to travel they're heading to the UK for the Ageas Salisbury Arts Festival for a performance on Monday the evening of the 2nd June that will feature Jack White's "Islands (Ynysoedd)" work performed in it's entirety for the first time in the UK - a piece created through our Collaborative Compositions programme, the second round of which is open now.