FaktaDag 1 1. juli 2022 20:00:00 - 21:00:00RArrangør Stormen Konserthus Sted Store Sal Kategori Annet
It might be hard to believe, but baroque music has a lot more in common with modern pop music or jazz than you might expect! We, the musicians of the baroque ensemble Barokkanerne (the Baroccans), invite you who are 10 – 20 years old and play a string or wind instrument, to join us for a slightly offbeat music course this summer. The idea of UngBarokk is to have fun exploring the Baroque repertoire and connections to other styles of music. During the course you’ll play along with and be guided by leading professional musicians, and we’ll also have a go at improvisation and Baroque dance. We’ll perform in concerts at both the Aria Borealis Festival on July 1st and at Festspillene Helgeland in Mosjøen on July 3rd.
Instructors and fellow musicians
The strings and woodwinds will work with the violinist Bjarte Eike who is the founder and artistic leader of Barokksolistene. His ensemble has huge international success with cross-genre programmes such as The Alehouse Sessions under the slogan “it’s just old pop music”! The Brass will work with the renowned trumpeter, educator and orchestral leader Mark Bennett. To get an idea of Baroque brass playing, Mark will bring some easy-to-play natural trumpets (without valves) Saxophone players are also welcome to join Mark’s ensemble, and together you’ll work on some fantastic chamber music.
During the course everyone will hit the dance floor with baroque dance expert Elizabeth Svarstad where we’ll explore the noble art of 18th century flirtation. You’ll also benefit from a workshop with Tina Margareta Nilsen; the founder of the Musicians’ Health and Movement Institute (MHMI) and the creator of the movement system, Timani, to help developing a deep understanding of the body to support musical technique and performance.
Repertoire and practicalities
Some Baroque pieces are quite well known, while most are hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. We find that a good mix tastes best, but exactly what we’ll play together depends on who you are and what you play. And perhaps a few of you violinists would like to play some solo, in which case, we’d be happy to include one of Vivaldi's concertos for four violins. Mark's workshop will introduce you brass players to some inspiring chamber music, and of course we’ll also add some great pieces for the whole band. We’ll create this course together, so on the application form there is plenty of room to make requests for composers or pieces. There will be time to explore the relationship between baroque music and folk music, and Bjarte also shares some tips and tricks for those who want to try some improvisation.
Everyone brings their own instruments - you don’t need any special equipment.
Accommodation for ensembles is provided at Bankgata Ungdomsskole where you’ll bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping mat for bunking in classrooms. There you’ll also have access to a kitchen for breakfasts, bathrooms with showers and a common room for hanging out. In Mosjøen, we’ll all stay at Toppen Folkehøgskole which is a boarding school. We’ll provide train tickets for everyone to and from Mosjøen, but make sure you tick the application form for the train trips, so we know how many tickets to buy.
If you stay at Bankgata Ungdomsskole, you’ll have the opportunity to make your own breakfast. Lunch and dinner are served every day, so please tick the relevant box if you’d like to join in on those. During free evenings you’ll have the opportunity to go to concerts, enjoy a barbecue on the beach and make new friends hanging out at the Stormen Library’s gaming room. You’ll all be well looked after by XXXXX and her team who will make sure you have an unforgettable week!
The schedule is not 100% set in stone yet, but will approximately look like this:
Monday 27 June: 14:00 - 20:00 Getting to know each other and play together - in groups and “tutti frutti”
Tuesday 28 June: 10:00 - 14:00 We play together in large and smaller groups
15:00 - 17:00 Timani with Tina Margareta Nilsen (timani.no)
18:30 - 19:30 We play through the program Baroccan Jazz for you
Wednesday 29 June: 10:00 - 14:00 Large and smaller groups
15:00 - 17:00 Baroque dance with Elizabeth Svarstad
Thursday 30 June: 12:00 - 16:00 Large and smaller groups
20:00 - 22:00 General rehearsal in Stormen's big hall
Friday 1 July: 13:00 - 16:00 Impro-session and other fun
18:00 - 19:00 Seating rehearsal before the concert
20:00 - 21:00 CONCERT in Stormen's big hall
Saturday 2 July: 12:27 - 16:50 Train to Mosjøen
We catch the opening concert of Festspillene Helgeland
Dinner, accommodation and breakfast atToppen folkehøgskole
Sunday 3 July: Daytime General rehearsal & CONCERT in Mosjøen
16:57 – 21:01 Train back to Bodø for those travelling North
Accommodation in Bodø for those who are travelling onwards the next day
We assume and hope that we are back to normal by June, but we will of course always follow the current local Covid restrictions.
Registration and contact
The course fee is NOK 1 000. For an additional NOK 1 000 you’ll get to grab sandwiches for lunch and have dinner served every day, and the stay at Bankgata Ungdomsskole is NOK 100 a night. Festival passes aren’t included with the course, but you can buy reduced concert tickets for only NOK 100.
To make us able to put together an exciting course programme and send out music, the deadline for applications is set to May 1, 2022
Baroque music is often not too difficult from a technical perspective, but we encourage you to get to know the music well beforehand, as the ultimate aim of the course is for you to engage with your fellow musicians in the inspiring exploration of the baroque sound world.
Sign up here!
If you have any questions, call or send an e-mail to
Hope to see you in Bodø!