Oslo Waldorf School Girls’ Choir was established in January 1996 and now has a total of approximately 75 members from the Waldorf School in Oslo, distributed into three groups: Aspirants, Main chorus and Youth group. The choir's repertoire spans across many genres, including medieval music, Norwegian folk music, baroque, atraditional children's choir selection of popular music and some contemporary music.
While frequently performing at school events, the choir is also actively involved in music outside the school. The chorus has had a variety of musical collaborators, such as Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Latin-American folk-music group INTI, Trio Mediaeval, Sissel Kyrkjebø and Maj Britt Andersen. The choir has made several recordings for The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and performs regularly with the recorder group “Blokkfløytistene”. Moreover, the choir has sung at several major events, such as the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, Hans Christian Andersen’s 200th anniversary, SOS Children's Villages and at the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Groups from the choir have participated in radio plays in the Norwegian broadcasting NRK, and collaborated on several CD recordings, such as “Når vi døde våkner” (music by Åsmund Feidje) and “Drømmen om Sherwoodskogen” (music by Geir Holmsen) and PULVERHEKSAS JUL (2008) - MAJ BRITT ANDERSEN - PULVERHEKSAS JUL[FONO] (music by Geir Holmsen). The latter was nominated to the prestigious “Spellemannsprisen” in 2009, and was particularly well received by critics.
In addition to several trips within Norway, the choir has been touring the Czech Republic, Holland, Italy, England and Germany, Amsterdam and Den Haag 2010, Venice and Trento 2012, Copenhagen 2013, Switzerland 2014, Florence 2016 and has scheduled a trip to Holland 2018.
Recordings throughout the years:
- Pulverheksas Jul (2008) - Maj Britt Andersen (2008)
- Når vi døde våkner | lydbokforlaget.no Musikk: Åsmund Feidje Barn fra Steinerskolens jentekor: Dirigent: Tone Wik
- Drømmen om Sherwoodskogen | lydbokforlaget.no
- Rasmus og verdens beste band - Banjo på badet
About the conductor:
Tone M. Wik has been conductor and artistic director of the Girls’ Choir since its commencement in 1996. She is a graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Royal Conservatoire in Den Haag (Holland) and works today as a conductor/educator and as a freelance singer*. Possessing many years of choral experience, she has e.g. participated in The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and was a founding member of Oslo Baroque Soloists. Both as soloist and vocal educator her expertise is in early music, which she has taught at the Norwegian Academy of Music and in courses both domestic and abroad. As solo artist, she has released two solo CDs of Italian baroque music ( Solo Recordings ), and participated widely in festivals and concerts both internationally and in Norway.