The Caecilia Society Chorus was founded in 1879. It has staged the first performances of most major works for chorus and orchestra in Nor...
The Caecilia Society Chorus was founded in 1879. It has staged the first performances of most major works for chorus and orchestra in Norway, such as Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach performed in 1883. Presently the chorus carries on this tradition by staging classical works not performed in Norway for several decades. Examples include the Händel oratorio Saul in 1998 and Jephta in 2000 as well as Michael Haydn's Requiem in 2007. Although older works dominate the repertoire, the chorus does perform contemporary classical music such as Reach out for Peace! by Knut Nystedt which was commissioned in 2004. Under the leadership of Steffen Kammler, the chorus has turned to lesser-known Norwegian works. First out in this series was the 2009 performance of Gott, der Herr, der Mächtige redet, a cantata by Georg von Bertouch. It was followed in 2010 by F.A. Reissiger's Requiem at the Death of King Karl Johan. The first studio recording ever made of this requiem will be available in 2012.