Skálholt Summer Concerts 2013 will be held in Skálholt Cathedral from June 29th to August 5th. The programme will be published early in the year 2013.
Address of venue: Skálholt, 801 Selfoss
Directions from Reykjavik: Road nr. 1 towards Vík. After aprox. 45 minutes turn left on road 35 towards Geysir and then after about 25 minutes turn right on road 31 where there is a sign to Skálholt, and after 2 kilometres you are here.
Artistic director: Sigurður Halldórsson, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +354 866 4600
Managing director: Þorgerður Edda Hall, email@example.com, tel. +354 8465264
Telephone in Skálholt during festival: (+354) 486 8824
About Skálholt Summer Concerts
Skálholt Summer Concerts is Iceland’s oldest summer music festival, founded in 1975 by harpsichordist Helga Ingólfsdóttir (1942-2009) , focusing at first on baroque music but from 1978 new compositions have been premiered every year. Now the main ephasis is on contemporary religeous music and early music where both composers and performers are resident for a period of time, for the festival events in July and early August at Skálholt Cathedral, built around 1960, at the oldest bishopric in Iceland dating from 1056.
The festival has access to convenient accommodation facilities for musicians, who in most cases dwell there for a week at a time, with good rehearsal/lecture rooms attached. Rehersals also take place in the Cathedral. Recently Skálholt Cathedral recieved a generous donation from the legendary Dutch violinist Jaap Schröder, who still comes to Skálholt every year, namely his collection of scores and books on Music and other Arts, therby commencing the foundation of a Music Library.
Apart from around 40 public concerts, lectures and workshops in Skálholt over the period of 6 weeks each summer, the festival takes part in CD releases for international distribution, musical scores publications and regular recident ensembles, such as the Skálholt Quartet, also travel frequently in Iceland and abroad. Also a big part of musical compositions commissioned through the years for the festival have become standard repertoire and has been performed internationally.