Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir was established in 2005. Its artistic roots come from Nordic a cappella tradition, but from the very beginning the choir’s goal has been to exceed the limits set for a professional vocal ensemble. Genres, organisation form, partners, concept development - everything that is choir-related - has one single objective: visionary vocal art based on the soul-stirring wealth of human voice.
“So new, so compelling [...] "The Messiah" with Mogens Dahl’s skilled infantry and English elite forces must be one of the best in Europe right now.”
– Søren Schauser, Berlingske, Dec. 11. 2017 (On Messiah)
”Both mild and mighty”
– Thomas Michelsen, Politiken, 10. december 2017 (On Messiah)
“It’s choral singing at the highest level here.”
– Magasinet Klassisk. (On Nordic Mass)
A classical choir with regular working procedures and proven concepts? Think again. Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir is a unique international choir project which breaks the mould, both artistically and organisationally.
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir is a unique choir project where about 40 excellent young singers form the backbone of the ensemble. Genre and concept are essential when determining the choir composition for each concert project in order to guarantee that we always present the audience with a highly specialised, homogeneous and expressive whole.
Swedish Andreas Halling is an active soloist and ensemble singer across Europe. He frequently works with leading ensembles in both early and new music and has sung under the direction of such conductors as René Jacobs, Eric Ericson and Laurence Equilbey.
After a musical education in the Swedish choral tradition, Andreas Halling decided to study singing at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, France, and later at the Royal Conservatory in the Haag, the Netherlands. He now lives in Brussels where he has been studying with Belgian tenor Bart de Kegel. More information and news at
Erlend Tyrmi comes from Norway, but has been living the last ten years in Copenhagen. He is a much used baryton soloist in oratoriums in Norway and Denmark, and has been soloist with most of the Danish symphoni orchestras. Erlend is also a skilled chamber musician in the fields from baroque cantatas to romantic lieder. He has also participated in several operas, ao. the Opera Hedeland and with ‘Nordisk Netværk for tidlig Opera’.
Erlend is educated at the The Royal Danish Music Conservatory and The Opera Academy in Copenhagen.
Ingeborg Dalheim studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo with Mona Julsrud and Svein Bjørkøy as teachers. She specializes in baroque music and has collaborated with conductors such as Gabriel Garrido, Rinaldo Alessandrini and Alan Curtis. Dalheim has since 2004 been a member of the French ensemble Les Arts Florissants under the direction of William Christie and sings regularly with Hesperion XXI under the leadership av Jordi Savall.
Norwegian Hilde Gjermundsen studied voice and piano at the Academy at Hamar and at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim, Norway. She works in the music branch at Trondheim Katedralskole, teaches methodology at the Conservatory besides being an active singer and educationist. Hilde Gjermundsen appears frequently as a concert soloist and has appeared in soprano parts in operas, operettas, masses and oratories, specially in baroque music and first performances of new music.
Daniel Carlsson was born in Sweden in 1980. He began his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2002 and graduated as a countertenor 2009, Daniel has participated in master classes with Martin Isepp, Jill Feldman, Roger Vignoles and Paul Esswood and took private lessons with Richard Levitt, who was Andreas Scholl’s teacher for many years.
Daniel has been a soloist with conductors such as Stephen Layton, Philip Pickett and Mark Tatlow. Olof Boman directed Alberto Ristoris opera Calandro with Daniel in the role of Nearco at Sanssouci in Potsdam Festspiele 2010. He has had several major opera roles, including Nero in Monteverdi’s opera The Coronation of Poppaea, Ptolemy in Handel’s opera Julius Caesar, Farman in Falling Awake by Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki.
Most recently, Daniel played Oberon in Benjamin Britten’s A midsummer nights dream and Abraham in a theater version of Britten’s Abraham and Isac at Gothenburg Opera.
Johan Bogren was born and grew up in Linköping, Sweden. After graduating from the Music High School in Norrköping, Johan Bogren studied singing at Vadstena Folkhögskola, Birmingham Conservatoire and finally at the Royal College of Music, London.
Johan Bogren has sung in the opera choirs at Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen, and the Malmö Opera.
As an ensemble singer he is permanently attached to Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir and Ensemble Syd. In 2006 Johan Bogren became a permanent member of Radio Denmark’s Concert Choir and has participated in several projects with the Radio’s Vocal Ensemble.
Johan Bogren has appeared as a soloist at several oratory concerts both in Sweden and in England, and he has been awarded the Linköping Cultural Grant and the Östergötland County Cultural Grant.
Already as a child Nana Bugge Rasmussen was greatly interested in singing, and so she got her first vocal training in the Childrens Choir of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where she started only eight years old.
Parallel to private vocal studies with opera singer Anne Margrethe Dahl, she studied philosophy at the University of Copenhagen from 2005 to 2007, where she got accepted both at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, as well as at Universität der Künste, Berlin.She began her studies in Berlin, and continued in Copenhagen with Anne Margrethe Dahl and coach Christen Stubbe-Teglbjærg. In 2010 she gained her BA-degree from RDAM, and in 2013 her MA-degree, studying with voice-teacher Susanna Eken.She works with lied as well as opera and church music and is also a member of Holmens Vokalensemble, based i Holmens Church, Copenhagen.
Icelandic soprano Regina Unnur Olafsdottir has a degree in singing from the Royal Danish Conservatory, Copenhagen, 2009, where her teacher was Kirsten Buhl Møller. She also has a degree as a vocal coach from Complete Vocal Institute, Copenhagen.
Regina Unnur Olafsdottir has sung concerts as a soloist and with choirs and ensembles in many countries, both in Europe and in the USA. In the Icelandic chamber Opera “Grettir” she sang the part of the saga heroine Spes.
Staffan Liljas, bass-baritone, is equally at home on the concert and opera stage. This past year, he has been part of three critically lauded performances – first as Don Pedro in Berlioz’ Beatrice et Benedict at Läckö Slottsopera, then as the Badger in Janacek’s The cunning little vixen at Norrlandsoperan,and lastly performing Ligeti’s Aventures at Folkoperan.
Staffan Liljas graduated the master’s program at the University College of Opera in Stockholm in 2012. He has been an avid choir singer since an early age, and has performed with over 80 different choirs, including the Swedish Radio Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.
Sophie Thing-Simonsen er studerende i solistklassen på Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium i København med debut november 2011. Som korsanger har hun erfaring fra både DRs Koncertkoret, Det Kongelige Operakor og Teater Hedeland.
I efteråret 2011 varetager hun sopransoloen i Brahms “Ein Deutches Requiem”.
Torsten Nielsen er baryton og uddannet med Diplomeksamen fra Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium i København. Videre studier hos bl.a. Anthony Rolfe Johnson.
Han optræder som solist i værker som Faurés “Requiem”, Duruflés “Requiem”, J.S. Bachs passioner og “Juleoratorium”, Händels “Messias” og Griegs “4 salmer” for kor og baryton.
Seneste optræden var i Arvo Pärts “Johannespassion” med Københavns Drengekor og Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen.
Er desuden uddannet som kordirigent hos professor Dan-Olof Stenlund og medvirker ved flere cd-indspilninger både som dirigent og solist.
Graduated in classical singing 2010 at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and studied under Antonio Juvarra in Monte Belluna, Italy.
Is frequently engaged as both lied- and oratorium singer.
Toured in the summer of 2012 with Robert Schumann’s “Dichterliebe” and Franz Schubert’s “Die Schöne Mullerin” in large parts of Sweden and Denmark.
Jonathan is often used as a soloist in oratoriums as Haydn’s “The Creation”, Handel’s “Messiah,” Bach’s “Magnificat” and Saint-saens “Christmas Oratorium”.
Since 2007, singing in Gentofte’s Choir, under the direction of Ruben Munk.
Mogens Dahl, Director and conductor.
Søren V. Kjær. Producer
David Wijkman, chamber choir producer.
Jacob Holtze, artistic consultant.
Johannes Konstantin Neergaard, consultant.
Sven-David Sandström, Composer in residence
Happy Christmas. Christmas hymns and songs from Scandinavia
Sven-David Sandström (f. 1942)
00:01 Lamento in lontano – horn
Per Nørgård (f. 1932) - Aftonland
04:39 Engång skal du vare en av dem
06:02 Gissa din gåta, lille bror
08:06 Låt min skugga försvinna i din
09:29 Du sträcker ut din skymningshand
Anna Cederberg-Orreteg (f. 1958) - Skisser til Aftonland
11:45 Nu är det sommarmorgen
13:29 Du människa
16:06 Fågelunge, lyft din vinge
17:48 Gissa din gåta
Peter Bruun (f. 1968) - Aftonland
20:08 Hans skugga föll over jorden
23:30 Att hjärtats ord aldrig må vika
26:01 Vem gick förbi min barndoms fönster
29:54 Som molnen
Per Nørgård (f. 1932)
32:24 Ak Gud, fra Himlen se herned
35:38 Nu bede vi den Helligånd
37:20 Mig hjærtelig nu længes
39:28 Hvor er så dejligt som Din klode (for kor og orgel)
Per Gunnar Petersson (f. 1954) - Aftonland
55:15 Allt är så underligt fjärran i dag
59:28 Det är om aftonen man bryter upp
01:02:47 Engång skall du vara en av dem
01:06:49 Den döda
01:10:15 O Sacrum Convivium
07:50 1. Requiem
12:34 2. Kyrie
14:58 3. Dies Irae
16:29 4. Tuba Mirum
36:29 5. Rex Tremendae
21:38 6. Recordare
25:17 7. Lacrimosa
28:38 8. Domine Jesu
31:35 10. Sanctus
36:10 11. Benedictus
37:51 12. Agnus Dei
40:59 13. Credo
45:20 14. Requiem
With this concert the chamber choir invites the audience to a musical dream trip to America.
Selig sind, die da Leid tragen (kor)
Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras (kor)
Herr, lehre doch mich (baryton, kor)
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (kor)
Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (sopran)
Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt (kor, baryton)
Selig sind die Toten (kor)
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir examined the relationship between music and poetry on the NJORD Biennale 2018. The concert was a tribute to art and art’s ability to realise reflections in spoken word as well as in wordless music.
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Ad Genua
Anna Cederberg-Orreteg: Music to Hear, Sonet 8
Benjamin Staern: Tranströmersange
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Reflections
Lasse Thoresen: SolSirkler
Per Nørgård: Drømmesange
Anders Nordentoft: Tre vignetter
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, Mathias Kjøller, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Mogens Dahl, conductor.
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir All Saints Concert 2017
Ola Gjeilo (1978-): Tota pulchra es (2011)
Bent Sørensen (1958-): Crucifixus (2015)
Sven-David Sandström (1942-): Tre sange til tekster af Rainer Maria Rilke WORLD PREMIERE
Bernhard Lewkovitch (1927-): Requiem – for choir and organ (2011)
Johannes Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühlseligen op 74, no. 1 (1877/1878)
Henry Gorecki (1933-2010): Totus Tuus (1987)
Sven-David Sandström (1942-) / Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Hear my prayer, o lord (1986)
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir – dir. Mogens Dahl. Organ: Søren Johannsen.
In collaboration with Golden Days, author Bjørn Bredal and Johan Borups Højskole, Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir presented in the autumn of 2017 a concert in which the music, the songs and the living word told a love story about Copenhagen.
Monteverdi: Ecco Mormorar l’onde
Monterverdi: Dolcemente dormiva
Ib Nørholm: Mine danske kilder
Lars Johan Werle: Sonetto 292
Lars Johan Werle: Sonetto Trentacinque
Carl Nielsen: Chaconne, op. 32
Bent Sørensen: I kurvestolen, i vintersolen + En gang om dagen
Bent Sørensen: 4 Strunge sange
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir interprets the drama of easter. May 2017
J. S. Bach: ‘Jesu, meine Freude’
Bent Sørensen: Miserere
J. S. Bach: Fra suite for cello i D-dur, BWV 1012
Geoffrey Gordon: Crucifixus
Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe, for choir and organ
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir. Organ: Jakob Lorentzen. Cello: Toke Møldrup. Conductor: Mogens Dahl
Life is like a whistle in the wind – a spirit that plays its melodies through human existence. This is why we celebrate All Saint’s Even with song. We remember our dead, reconcile ourselves with the incomprehensible and celebrate the eternal stillness of the night.
César Geoffray: Triptyque Mariale
Camille Saint Saëns: Deux Choeurs, Op. 68
Per Gunnar Petersson: An Anonymous Nun’s Prayer
Louis Vierne: Fra 24 Pièces de Fantasie
Frank Martin: Mass for Double Choir
Sven-David Sandström: O Sacrum Convivium
THE COSMIC TRIP
Nørgårds music in the seventies – concert from Golden Days Festival 2016
Athelas Sinfonietta and Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir presented a series of psychedelic works by Per Nørgård under Golden Days Festival theme on the seventies.
Wiigenlied (1. sats af Wie ein Kind)
Flos ut rosa floruit/ Blomst brød ud i rosenflor
Jorden er som et barn (“2. sats” af Wie ein Kind)
Mit Løv, mit lille træ
Trauermarsch min einem Unglücksfall (3. Sats af Wie ein Kind)
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Watch the entire concert – or selected movements from Holmens Kirke 2015:
And the glory of the Lord (kor)
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Air. Alt)
For unto us a child is born (kor)
There were shepherds abiding in the fields (Recitativ. Sopran)
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Air. Sopran)
Surely He has borne our griefs (kor)
All we like sheep (kor)
Why do the nations so furiously rage together (Air. Bas)
The trumpet shall sound (Air. Bas)
In cooperation with author and commentator, Knud Romer, the Golden Days Festival, Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir and the Ekkozone Percussion Ensemble presented a concert with highlights from 500 years of German music and poetry.
At this year’s traditional halloween concert, the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir will celebrate the light of hope that is visible in darkness only.
With music by Weyse, Grieg and Sven-David Sandström, the program progresses from the light of morning to the fire of evening and concludes with the stunning Requiem by Gabriel Fauré which describes the eternal light and the singing of angles.
Program with links to the works:
NORDIC MESSE is a new grand-scaled work by the Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström written especially for Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir and the Danish cellist Toke Møldrup.
It was first performed at the Bergen International Festival and first performed in Denmark d. June 16 in the Garnison Church. Nordic Mass is now available on CD from the publisher ExLibris. Read more here.
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir created in 2014 a quiet room for contemplation and inner silence in a concert program we called Enticement of the silence.
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir. Horn player: David M.A.P. Palmquist. Conductor: Mogens Dahl.
Programme with links to the works:
Ivor Gurney: Chant to Psalm 23
Kim André Arnesen: Even when he is silent
Maurice Duruflé: Quatre Motets
Donald Cashmore: My love is like a red, red rose, The Lark in the clear air
David M.A.P. Palmquist: Nocturne for horn
Francis Poulenc: Un soir de neige
Kim André Arnesen: O Sacrum Convivium (First Performance)
Per Gunnar Petersson: Aftonland
Eric Whitacre: Water Night
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir performs Per Nørgårds Wie ein Kind at the Danish Music Publishers’ Association’sanniversary celebration in 2011.
From the cd NORTH ROOM.
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir. Klaus Tönshoff, clarinet. Exlibris 2010.
Kom, du ljuva hjärtevän (come, my dearest sweetheart)
Music: Adam de la Halle
Words: From Carmina Burana
The best recording I have ever heard of my works.
“I have had recordings of my music performed by some of the best choirs in the world, and I must honestly say that their recording of Tota Pulchra Es is the best recording I have ever heard of my works. There is an incredible diversity of expression and passion in the performance that is very seldom heard.”
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir live: first performance of Requiem by Bernhard Lewkovitch (b. 1927). Performed in Vejleå Church, Copenhagen. November 4th. 2012
Organ: Carsten Popp
Conductor: Mogens Dahl
From the cd NORTH ROOM.
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir. Klaus Tönshoff, clarinet. Exlibris 2010.
Tyst är det rum (Still is the chamber)
Music: Gabriella Gullin
Words: Pär Lagerkvist
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir live: first performance of Ad nonam by Bernhard Lewkovitch (b. 1927). Performed in Vejleå Church, Copenhagen. November 4th. 2012
In Monte Oliveti
Tenebrae (Ad nonam)
Lyrics from Tenebrae-responsoriums
Mogens Dahl Kammerkor / Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir
Studier i Rødt
Golden Days Festival 10. september 2013
Pressen – Politikens Hus
Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969): Drei Gedichte von Theodor Däubler
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