The Oslo International Church Music festival brings the best in international church and classical music to the city’s main cathedral for 10 days of, dare we say, heavenly music.
Featuring hymns and folk tunes from Estonia, Persian vocal art, Czech piano music and Finnish contemporary music, this is one of Oslo’s most interesting and underrated music events.
Most performances take place at Oslo Cathedral in the centre of town, but other churches will host individual concerts as well.
The medieval Old Aker Church, a small stone building perched on a hill high above the Aker River, is a particularly good venue for listening to church music. This is the oldest building in the city and has been used as a church since at least the 11th century.
Its ancient stone walls and vaulted ceilings not only provide excellent acoustics, but also create a powerful and evocative atmosphere for listening to these beautiful pieces of music.
The first part of the festival takes place in March and a second part later in the year in September.