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Karlakórinn Heimir

Karlakórinn Heimir

Karlakórinn Heimir

Karlakórinn Heimir
The Men’s Choir Heimir was formed on December 28th 1927. Most of its founders came from a small choir called Bændakór (The Farmers Choir) and had been singing together for eleven years.

The conditions were rather primitive for the first few years, the choir practised in farms where there was an organ because there were hardly any meeting-houses in that period. But they liked each other’s company and were very interested in singing.  The men went to choir practices on horseback, walking or even skiing.

 These trips were often quite exhausting and the men were clearly prepared to go to through some troubles to participate in the choir. The first choirmaster was Gísli Magnússon, then composer Pétur Sigurðsson and later composer Jón Björnsson took on the job and directed the choir for almost forty years.

Heimir has had many other choirmasters through the years and their names and all kinds of information about the choir can be found in the book Söngur í 60 ár (Singing for 60 Years), edited by Konráð Gíslason. At present Stefán Reynir Gíslason is choirmaster and has been almost without break since 1985.

Accompaniment has been provided by piano player Thomas Higgerson since 1992. Karlakórinn Heimir has released many albums that have sold extremely well. The choir has been very productive in the last few years and is has remained very popular in Iceland.  Karlakórinn Heimir has not limited itself  to Iceland.  The choir has travelled to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Israel, Egypt, Canada, USA, Greenland, the Faroe Islands  and Germany to promote their singing.

 

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