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About the choir
Con Amore is a mixed amateur choir with approximately 40 singers distributed on four vocal groups. Our members live in the Oslo region.
Our conductor is Egil Fossum.
He is educated from the Norwegian Academy of Music and has conducted orchestras and choirs for more than 40 years. . He is also an experienced soloist, composer,producer and scriptwriter. He has been working as a freelancer out of Stuttgart, Germany, since 1985. In 1995 he founded a choir festival that gathered close to 2000 amateur singers every year.
During the last years our repertoire, besides light music and classical church music, has been turned more towards sonorous, romantic music. However, our repertoire spans widely and covers works of, among many others, Palestrina, Monteverdi, Rheinberger, Purcell, Dvorak, Fauré, Dowland, Taube and Norwegian composers such as Edward Grieg, Knut Nystedt, Trygve Hoff og Ola Gjeilo.. Folk songs and popular songs from many countries are also among our favourites.
Social events are important to us. We try to arrange a tour every second year. In 2015 we went to Budapest and the previous tours went to Berlin, Toscana and Bergen. In june 2017 we are going on a tour to Krakow. We also go out of town on a weekend seminar every year.
Origin of the choir
Con Amore started in 1969 with a group of singers from Oslo Youth Choir who reached the age of retirement from that choir at an age of 33.
Several conducters have made extraordinary contributions to the choir.Our first conductor was Tor Skauge. He conducted Con Amore for many decades. He was followed for a short period by Aage Bjartaas. Eirik Sørborg was our conductor from 1997 to 2002, and Ida Baalsrud was our conductor from 2002 until our present conductor Egil Fossum took over in 2012.
Alf Pedersen, Kirsten Føyen, and Hans Nussle are Honorary Members of Con Amore. Alf Pedersen was one of the founders and has done an outstanding job for the choir during all these years. Kirsten and Hans have also done a great job for the choir for more than 30 years.
When and where do we rehearse?
Every Thursday from 7:00 pm until 9:30 pm in the church rooms next to Nordberg Church, Kringsjågrenda 1, Oslo.
Would you like to join us?
If you have experience from other choirs we hope you will join us!
Currently we are especially looking for sopranos and male voices, but everybody is invited to contact us.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org