Scan Magazine, Issue 101, June 2017

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Summer Festivals in Norway Photo: Andrea Rocha

Marvellous music in magical surroundings Do you want to experience a festival with beautiful and varied classical music that creates breath-taking moments in memorable venues? Stavanger Kammermusikkfestival has it all and might just be the festival for you this summer. By Idha Toft Valeur


Photos: Peter Adamik

Stavanger Kammermusikkfestival, previously known as the International Chamber Music Festival, is preparing for its 27th year. Taking place on 8-13 August, the festival programme is bursting with both Norwegian and international musical stars. The festival is especially proud to present Arve Tellefsen as one of its performers this year, yet festival manager Katrine Lilleland finds it challenging to pick out one performer from the line-up. “I’m chuffed that Arve Tellefsen will play, especially since he just celebrated his 80th birthday and won the honorary award at the Spellemann Awards. He will attract many listeners from all over. But we also have Oslo Strykekvartett – they are brilliant people – and Yejin Gil, an interesting pianist from South Korea who is based in Berlin. Then we have Boris Brovtsyn, a Russian violinist. It’s hard to highlight 94 |

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one name because they’re all amazing,” she smiles. Christian Ihle Hadland and Jan Bjøranger are the programmers and artistic leaders of Stavanger Kammermusikkfestival. They travel around the world to invite musicians they meet to play at the festival. The festival boasts several concert venues. For instance, you can enjoy a show in an old restored church ruin in Sola municipality, while looking out at the ocean through a big window, the church bathing in the evening sun that dances on the walls. “To just sit there, almost blinded by the sun and enjoying the music – it creates such an amazing vibe. It is almost perfection,” says Lilleland. This year, Lilleland wanted to broaden the programme to include chamber music concerts for children and their par-

ents, because she recognised the importance of including children and treating them with the same regard as any other member of the audience – despite classical and chamber music sometimes seeming inaccessible to such a young group of listeners. “I have worked with children for many years, and when I was hired to work with the festival I knew that I wanted to expand the programme to offer more for children and families – both to offer something fun for families and to be able to present classical music to children and youngsters in a serious but playful way,” she says.

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