Hymns from the new hymn book.
The Norwegian Church has recently introduced a new hymn book. In addition to familiar, well known and old songs, the book contains 240 new hymns, hymns that have never been found in an official hymn book before. Many of these songs are unfamiliar to most people. They are of different origin, age, genre and nationality, and they represent a linguistic diversity that have never been found in a Norwegian hymn book. Here we find voices from the whole world, as well as from Norwegian minorities, from medieval times, and from contemporary Norwegian artists.
The singer Helga Johanne Størdal works as a cultural advisor in Borg diocese. Borg diocese has decided to emphazise on hymns, and they have been looking for ways to make the content of the new hymn book known. Helga Johanne together with her brother, the church musician Knut Størdal, in Trondheim best known as a musician at Church of Our Lady, went for a treasure hunt among the new hymns. They selected a handful of hymns that deserve to be brought into focus, and recorded the CD “No Stig Vår Song”. They present the hymns with varied instrumentation, hoping that this might inspire. Church organ is central to many of the hymns, but they also use harmonium, Celtic flutes, sax, and accordion. When the project now is presented as a concert, Helga Johanne and Knut hope to inspire the audience to explore the exciting new hymn landscape.
The musicians at the concert:
Helga Johanne Størdal, vocals
Knut Størdal, organ/piano/vocals
Odd Halvor Moen, accordion/flutes
Bergmund Waal Skaslien, viola
Audun Ellingsen, bass