Organ sun, a flock of angels, choir and coffee this week at the Organ Summer

The International Organ Summer in Hallgrímskirkja is looking ahead to a week full of angels, hymns, sunshine and coffee! Chamber choir Schola Cantorum’s weekly Wednesday (July 20) lunchtime concert is in it’s place with lovely, Icelandic choir pieces and folk songs. All concert guests are invited for a nice cup of coffee or tea and a sweet bite after the concert, a wonderful chance to meet the singers and get aquainted with the lively and ambitious arts society of Hallgrímskirkja church. The concert starts at 12 noon.3239

Tuesday (July 21) at 12 noon brings the organ concert of Jón Bjarnason, cantor of the Skálholt Cathedral in South Iceland. Bjarnason will conjure a flock of angels out of the magnificent Klais organ of the church playing Messiaen’s Les Anges from the famous piece La Nativité du Seigneur. Also on his programme are Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D major and two of his own compositions based on Icelandic hymns.

On Saturday at 12 noon (July 23) and Sunday at 5 pm (July 24) we have a guest from Latvia/Sweden at the keyboards. Ligita Sneibe is a Latvian organist living in Sweden and will be bringing with her a share of the summer sun of those countries. Two of the works on her programme are about the sun: Pastorales for a Summer Flute by Imants Zemzaris describes a summer day from dawn till nightfall and Solkraft by Håkan Sundin tells of the warmth, light and life provided by the sun. Truly fitting for the high summer season in Iceland with it’s endless sunlight.141107_0027

Sneibe also will be performing classical organ pieces: J.S. Bach’s Fantasia and Fugue in G minor and Toccata and Fugue in F major, a chapter from Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur and Liszt’s Prelude and Fugue on BACH.

Tickets for all concerts can be bought 1 hour before each concert at the entrance and for the weekend concerts online at


Wednesday and Sunday: 2500 ISK

Thursday and Saturday: 2000 ISK