Grex Vocalis – Finale
22. September 2019
The Norwegian Opera, main stage

Concerts in Friuli Province, Italy – Summer 2018
July 12th – Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Lorenzo di Fiumicello
The concert marked the opening of the festival “2019 International Music Events”
July 13th – Saint´Andrea Apostolo, Budoia
July 14th – Chiesa Evangelica Methodista, Gorizia
July 16th – Santa Maria della Salute, Venice (concert and mass)

Grex Vocalis – Pearls from several centuries
Concert tour in the western region of Norway – Pentecost 2019

Os kirke 30th of May
Fitjar kyrkje 31th of May
Aksdal kyrkje 1st of June

Verdi: Requiem
Oslo Concert hall 11th and 12th of april 2019
With Oslo Philharmonic  choir and orchestra
Conducted by Jun Märkl
More about the concert (in Norwegian)

Magnum Mysterium
Christmas concert in Uranienborg church, Oslo
Sunday 9. December at 19.30

Grex Vocalis has collected some of the most beautiful Christmas songs for choir a cappella for this December concert. Regardless of the relationship between the modern Christmas celebration, this music will contribute with atmosphere, light and hope in the darkest time of the year.

O Magnum Mysterium is the opening words of the midnight fair Christmas Eve, and also expresses the awe of the shepherds when they saw the child in the crib.

The repertoire retrieves inspiration from the amazement, the mystery and fascination shepherds and the wise men must have experienced when faced with the great mystery.

The title is taken up in several arrangements of the Latin text, including compositions by Lauridsen, Mørk Karlsen, Victoria, Poulenc and Busto. In addition, the concert offers a bunch of Christmas songs from different countries performed with the choir’s warm, round and unique sound.

This thrill in repertoire, as well as the choir’s interpretation and musicalization, makes the concert relevant to listeners in search of a mix of famous, unknown and beautiful a cappella music.

Welcome to the concert!

Conductors: Carl Høgset and Mick Aspen Melby

Tickets can be bought at
Adults NOK 275, – (including ticket fee)
Honor, student / child NOK 220, – (including ticket fee)
A-kortet NOK 200, – (including ticket fee)

Previous concerts:
Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
Saturday 10. and Sunday 11. November
Uranienborg church, Oslo at 19.30
With Oslofjord Kammerfilharmoni
Ann-Helen Moen – soprano
Johannes Weisser – baryton

Tickets NOK 380/350 at Ticketmaster

Concert in Harstad church  27. June and Skånland church 28. June with the choir Vox Arctica
The concert was a part of  Festspillene i Nord-Norge

Concert in Lofotkatedralen 29. June with the choir Salig blanding

Sunday 8. of April 2018: “Til Foraaret” (To the spring) –
University aula Oslo

Grex Vocalis with Håkon Kornstad trio and Wolfgang Plagge, piano.

O Magnum Mysterium
The O Magnum Mysterium program has previously been recorded on CD and presents a bunch of beautiful song treasures that belong to Christmas. The music warms heart and soul, and will provide the audience with the right Christmas atmosphere, no matter how you choose to celebrate the holidays.

Sunday 26. of November:  Uranienborg Church Oslo
Tuesday 5 of . December:  Greverud Church 

29 of November – Vålerenga church, Oslo at 19.00
Grex Vocalis participating at the concert: 
“Norsk korklang”
 Concert for the celebration of the Norwegian Composer Society’s 100th anniversary
Participating choirs:
Grex Vocalis
Vox Humana
Oslo Damekor
Le Voci
Master of ceremony: Wolfgang Plagge
Tickets at TicketCo

22. of October at 19.00 Universitetets aula, Oslo 
No stig vår song
Concert for the celebration of the Norwegian Composer Society’s 100th anniversary
Contributing ensembles are:
guest ensembles:
Quattro Stagioni
Oslo Domkirkes Guttekor
Consortium Vocale Oslo
Fauna Vokalkvintett

Conductors: Carl Høgset and Mick Aspen Melby
Pianist and master of ceremony:
Sara Aimée Smiseth

The motif in the poster is taken from Edvard Munch: The Sun, 1916
© Munch Museum / Munch-Ellingsen Group / BONO,
Photo: Svein Andresen and Sissel de Jong

18. to 25. of July
Participation in
Concerts in Venezia and the region Friuli Venezia Giulia

19. of July at 16.30
Concert in Basilica Santa Maria della Salute – Venezia

19. of July at 19.00
Grex Vocalis participated in the mass in Basilica San Marco

20. of July at 21.00
Concert in Chiopris Viscone – Friuli Venezia Giulia

Sunday 5. of March at 19.30
Uranienborg Church Oslo
Mick Aspen Melby
– Master degree-exam in choral conducting by the Norwegian Music Academy

Saturday 3. and Sunday 4. of December 2016 at 19.00trykklarposter3
Uranienborg Church, Oslo, Norway
Bach: Mass in B minor
with Barokkanerne
Berit Norbakken Solset, sopran
Marianne Beate Kielland, alt
Magnus Staveland, tenor
Halvor Festervoll Melien, bass

Sunday Oktober 30. 2016 at 18.00
A Cappella-concert in Vang church, Hamar, Norway

Tickets 200,-/150,- at the entrance
flyer_web_Grex_jubileum 2016Sunday September 11. 2016 at 19.30
“Til lidenskapens pris”
Grex Vocalis 45 year
University aula, Oslo
Music by Monteverdi, Brahms, Kverno, Smith, Arnesen and Gjeilo
Inger Elise Reitan, Sara Aimée Smiseth – piano, Vegar Lund – theorbe, Kristine Rustad – viola da gamba

Sunday June 19. 2016
Concert in Aurdal church, Aurdal, Norway
With Øystre Slidre Sanglag

Sunday March 13. 2016
Concert in Trysil
Conductet by Carl Høgset and Mick Aspen Melbye

5. and 6. December 2015 Juleoratoriet_flyer_mail
Uranienborg church, Oslo
Bach: Christmas oratioro – Cantatas 1, 2, 3 og 6
Grex Vocalis and Barokkanerne

Ditte Marie Bræin, soprano
Anne Carolyn Schlüter, alto
Magnus Staveland, tenor
Johannes Weisser, bass

Conductor: Carl Høgset


5th. until 10th of September 2015 – Concerts in Italy

5. September at 9.15 pm locandina-festival
Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta, Roseto
with the local choir Ars Vocalis
The concert is included in
“Festival Lido delle Rose”

Information (in Italian)

6. September at 9.00 pmTeramo plakat
Auditorium Sala San Crlo, Teramo

7. September kl. 20.45 Pescara plakat
Chiesa S. Andrea, Pescara

Program and information (in italian)

Incontro Internazionale Polifonico Città di Fano
9. September at 9.15 pm
Basilica di San Paterniano, Fano

10. September at 6 pm
Piazza XX Settembre, Fano
The concert is shared with the German vocal group Quartonal

10. September at 9.15 pm
Basilica di San Paterniano, Fano
The concert is shared with the German vocal group Quartonal

20. September at 7.15 pmNystedt
Oslo Cathedral
“Knut Nystedt i 100”
On the occasion of Knut Nystedt’s 100th birthday

Nine of Oslo’s best choirs celebrate the great Norwegian choral master and composer Knut Nystedt, who would have been 100 years old the 3. of September. Here you will experience 100 minutes high level music of the composer, both with single choirs and in large public works. As a curiosity, we start the concert at the unusual time of 19.15, which is Nystedts birth year. Welcome to Oslo Cathedral!

Grex Vocalis
Schola Cantorum
Uranienborg vokalemsemble
Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening
Ensemble 96
Kammerkoret Nova
Oslo Voices
Oslo Kammerkor
Oslo Domkor

December 5th and 6th
Uranienborg church, Oslo
Bach: Christmas Oratorio – Cantata 1, 2, 3 and 6
with Barokkanerne
more information will follow

Previous concerts:

Wednesday June 3
Graduation Concert for Mick Aspen Melby
Lindeman Hall
Norwegian Academy of Music
details in Norwegian

Plakat Kragerø-Risør

Saturday 23th of May
Concert in Kragerø church

Review of the concert (in Norwegian)

Sunday 24th. of May
Concert in Frydendal church,
Risør, Norway

flyer_DnS_Grex webSpring concert
Fra Venezia til Norges Fjelde

(From Venice to Norwegian Mountains)
Grex Vocalis and The Norwegian Students Choir
Pianist Sara Aimée Smiseth
Conductor Carl Høgset

PosterHändel: Messiah
Uranienborg church, Oslo on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December 2014 at. 7 pm
Grex Vocalis dirigent Carl Høgset
Soprano: Berit Norbakken Solset
Alto: Marianne E. Andersen
Tenor: Magnus Staveland
Bass: Johannes Weisser

Tickets are available at Billettservice

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Universitetets Aula, Oslo
Tuesday 27th May 2014


Exil-und-Romantik-HAMAR-WEBConcerts with Collegium Vocale; Luzern in Hamar and Oslo

With the title Romantik und Exil, our friends at Collegium Vocal zu Franziskanern Luzern perform works by Johannes Brahms, Kurt Thomas, Robert Schumann, Peter Cornelius, Hugo Wolf, Rudolf Mauersberger, Anton Webern and Arnold Schoenberg. The program including works that were made in politically chaotic times. But the composers behind several of these works also fought inner battles, emotional conflicts typical of the late Romantic era.

Conducted by Ulrike Grosch.

“Hamardomen”, Hamar, 23th of March 2014

“Trefoldighetskirken”, Oslo, 24th of March 2014
This concert was part of the Oslo International Church Music Festival


O Magnum Mysterium in Uranienborg Church, Oslo
20th December 2013

Regardless of how one might choose to celebrate Christmas today, we believe that this music can contribute atmosphere, light and hope at the darkest time of the year. The concert contains some of the most beautiful Christmas music for a cappella choir, and the program has previously been recorded on CD by Grex Vocalis.

ODK_BrahmsBrahms’ A German Requiem in Oslo Cathedral
30 November and 1 December 2013
The work is by many considered the greatest of all requiems. A German Requiem is characterized by Brahms’ selection of light and hopeful German biblical texts, a clear contrast to the more apocalyptic Latin texts traditionally used. Grex Vocalis performed the work together with Oslo Cathedral Choir and an extended Oslo Baroque Orchestra. The use of original instruments created a colorful sound that suits Brahms’ music well.
Soloists: Birgitte Christensen (soprano) and Johannes Weisser (baryton)

Conductor: Terje Kvam

1requiemLuzernMozart’s Requiem in KKL Luzern
1 November 2013

Grex Vocalis joined forces with the eminent choir Collegium Vocale zu Franziskanern performing Mozart’s Requiem, in Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern. The choirs were accompained by Barockorchester Capriccio Basel. The soloist quartet consisted of Klaus Mertens (bass), Regula Mühlemann (soprano), Anja Powischer (alta) og Jan Petryka (tenor).

Sinfonia BWV 146 and Kreuzstabkantate BWV 56 by J.S Bach have also been performed.

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Fransiscanerkirche Luzern

2. november 2013

In connection with the choir’s trip to Luzern, Grex Vocalis held an a cappella concert in Fransiscanerkirche. The program included highly appreciated highlights from the choir’s repertoire, focusing on Norwegian works and German romanticism. The audience also  experianced Grex Vocalis and Collegium Vocale zu Franziskanern in noble harmony of Brahms’ majestic Fest und Gedenksprüche.

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Mozart’s Requiem in the University of Oslo Auditorium
April 7, 2013

Grex Vocalis performed Mozart’s Requiem in the University of Oslo Auditorium

Mozart’s dramatic and emotional requiem was performed with the baroque orchestra Barokkanerne and conductor Carl Høgset. The orchestra uses period instruments, and has proven to complement and balance the Grex sound on many previous occasions.

The soloists have been soprano Tone Elisabeth Braaten, mezzo-soprano Anne Carolyn Schlüter, tenor Vidar Hellkås, and bass Johannes Weisser.

The University of Oslo Auditorium provides a majestic atmosphere for Mozart’s great masterpiece.

The Christmas Oratorio in Uranienborg Church, Oslo
December 8 and 9, 2012

Together with the orchestra “Barokkanerne”
Uranienborg Church, Oslo
Conducted by Carl Høgset

The Christmas Oratorio is one of the great works in music history, treasured by  performers and  audiences alike.

The soloists have been soprano Mona Julsrud, alto Marianne E. Andersen, tenor Magnus Staveland, and bass Njål Sparbo. 

Concert in Røa Church, Oslo

Grex Vocalis will perform the closing concert at this year’s Røa Music Festival. The concert will take place in Røa Church November 4, 2012 at 6 p.m. Grex Vocalis will perform the concert program from their tour to Catalonia, Spain during the summer of 2012. This includes works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Palestrina, and Grieg.

Spring Concert in the University of Oslo Auditorium

Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.,  Grex Vocalis  and the Norwegian Student Choral Society will share the stage for a joint Spring concert. In January, Carl Høgset returned as the conductor for the Norwegian Student Choral Society after a 25 year hiatus. He is also the conductor for one of Norway’s leading chamber choirs, Grex Vocalis, which he founded over 40 years ago. Both choirs will participate in upcoming choral competitions this year.

Tenor Helge Rønning will perform with the Norwegian Student Choral Society, and Kai Grinde Myrann will conduct the Grex Vocalis women in several pieces. The concert will close with the Pilgrim’s Chorus from Wagner’s Tannhaüser, accompanied by pianist John-Bjarne Sund.

  • Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 – the Symphony of a Thousand – February 9, 10,  and 11 in the Oslo Concert Hall.
Concerts Christmas 2011
  • Christmas concert in Asker Culture Center, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Grex Vocalis performed at the ”Alle kan synge” Christmas Gala on December 11 at 6 p.m. in the Oslo Concert Hall.

Mozart: Mass in C minor and Exsultate, jubilate
Desember 4 and 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Oslo Cathedral.

Orchestra: Barokkanerne.

Siri Thornhill, soprano
Anne Carolyn Schlüter, soprano
Fredrik Akselberg, tenor
Njål Sparbo, bass

Grex 40

Grex Vocalis celebrates their 40th anniversary with a gala concert in the University of Oslo Auditorium on September 25, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. The choir was founded by Carl Høset in 1971 and soon became one of Norway’s leading chamber choirs. Grex Vocalis has toured Norway and Europe, as well as Japan and Cuba, and has won first prizes in national and international choral competitions. Grex Vocalis has released 10 CD’s and has been awarded three Spellemann prizes (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy Award).
The choir will perform pieces from their vast repertoire and Magnus Staveland will perfom with the choir as a soloist. The newly released double-CD: Grex40 will be launched at the concert. Grex40 is a collection of highlights spanning the choir’s 40 year history, including three new recordings made for this compilation CD: Sverre Bergh’s And Death Shall Have No Dominion, Heinrich Poos’ Auferstehn, and the beautiful Irish Blessing arranged by James Moore.


Bach: Mass in B minor, November 28 and 29, 2010

Bach’s Mass in B minor, possibly his greatest work for soloists, choir, and orchestra, will again be performed in Uranienborg Church in Oslo. Grex Vocalis last performed this oratorio in 2008. Two years later, the choir has done some fine polishing and is ready for a fantastic performance.

Orchestra: Barokkanerne

Berit Norbakken Solset
Marianne E. Andersen
Rasmus Høgset
Fredrik Akselberg
Johannes Weisser


Bach: Magnificat and Handel: Coronation Anthems

Uranienborg Church, Oslo, April 11, 2010

Joining Grex Vocalis for this concert is the baroque orchestra Barokkanerne and a great group of soloists: Berit Norbakken Solset, Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Rasmus Høgset, Kjell Viig, Magnus Staveland and Njål Sparbo.

George F. Handel wrote the Coronation Anthems for King George II’s coronation in 1727. This was Handel’s first comissioned work after he became a British citizen, and these pieces became immediately popular. The first hymn, Zadok the Priest, has been performed at all British coronations ever since.

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote Magnificat in his first year as a cantor in Leipzig in 1723, but he revised the work about ten years later, and it is this version in D major which is most often performed. The Latin text is known as the Canticle of Mary,  as told in the Gospel of Luke. The composition is written for choir, a large orchestra and five soloists, and is almost like the shorter version of the Mass in B minor, which Bach wrote during the last years of his life.

Johannes Brahms:  A German Requiem
Uranienborg Church, Oslo. November 29 and 30, 2009.

For 10 years Grex Vocalis has presented Christmas concerts in Uranienborg Church in Oslo. This year the choir will perform Brahms: A German Requiem for choir and four-handed piano, a version Brahms wrote in 1869. The chamber version of the work intimately highlights the choir, in contrast to the better-known, more monumental orchestral version.

Janne Berglund, soprano
Espen Langvik, baritone

Jorunn Marie Bratlie
Tor Espen Aspaas

Carl Høgset


Hear My Prayer
Uranienborg Church, Oslo. March 29, 2009.

Grex Vocalis and a continuo group from the baroque orchestra Barokkanerne will host a concert in Uranienborg Church, Sunday March 29, 2009.

The concert will present music by Henry Purcell (1659-1695), one of England’s great baroque composters, as well as a cappella pieces by Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Philippe Verdelot, Fracisco Guerrero, Tomás Luis de Victoria, and Giaches de Wert.

Soloists: Tone Wik, Ane Roggen, Ida Roggen, Rasmus Høgset, Frederik Otterstad, Kjell Viig, Yngve Andre Søberg

Conductor: Carl Høgset


Bach: Mass in B minor, November 30 and December 1, 2008 in Uranienborg Church

Grex Vocalis invites you to Bach’s greatest work for choir: the Mass in B minor

Choir: Grex Vocalis
Orchestra: Barokkanerne

Berit Norbakken Solset, soprano
Marianne E. Andersen, mezzo-soprano
Rasmus Høgset, countertenor
Fredrik Akselberg, tenor
Johannes Weisser, bass

Conductor: Carl Høgset


In meinem Himmel in meinem Lied

Uranienborg Church, Oslo. May 25, 2008.


Magnum Mysterium

Uranienborg Church, Oslo. December 2 and 3, 2007


Handel:  Messiah

Uranienborg Church, Oslo. December 2 and 4. 2006

With orchestra and soloists.


GREX À LA CARTE: 35th Anniversary Concert

Jakob Church of Culture, November 12, 2006.


Arne Nordheim: DRAUMKVEDET

The Trinity Church, Oslo. September 22, 2006.

With the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and soloists.


Barroco Mexicano – a Christmas concert out of the ordinary

Uranienborg Church, Oslo. November 27 and 28, 2005.


On Tour in Japan, July 3-11, 2005

July 5, 7 p.m.: Sapporo – Concert Hall Kitara
July 6, 7 p.m.: Matsumoto – The Harmony Hall
July 7, 7 p.m.: Nirasaki – Concert Nirasaki-shi Bunka-Hall
July 9, 6 p.m.: Utsonomiya – Tochigi Prefecture Sogo-Bunka Center
July 10, 2:30 p.m.: Tokyo – National Olympics Memorial Youth Center


SAKURA – a Japanese-Norwegian experience University of Oslo Auditorium, April 10, 2005.


Ludvig Irgens-Jensen: HEIMFERD

Oslo Cathedral, March 10, 2005.


Monteverdi – Marian Vespers of 1610

The Trinity Church, Oslo, December 4 and 5, 2004

Grex Vocalis and Oslo Baroque Orchestra
Conductor Carl Høgset

Grex Vocalis will perform Claudio Monteverdi’s (1567-1643) great work from 1610 at this year’s Christmas concert. The choir has a long tradition of performing Renaissance and baroque music, and the Marian Vespers are of enormous importance in Renaissance music. The vespers can be performed by ten soloists or by a full choir. Grex Vocalis has chosen a combination in which some parts are sung by soloists while other parts are sung by the whole choir. The use of period instruments enables a unique orchestral sound tailored to the music of Monteverdi. The concert will present many young and talented soloists, in addition to the Oslo Baroque Orchestra.

Welcome to a great concert with one of Norway’s leading choirs.


La Musica Cubana

Oslo, March 14, 2004.


O magnum mysterium

Uranienborg Church, Oslo. December 15 and 16, 2003

Grex Vocalis will perform an a cappella Christmas concert entitled “O magnum mysterium.” The concert concert program offers beautiful and moving pieces befitting the  Christmas season.

Magnus Staveland, the soloist, is one of Norway’s most promising tenors. He has performed with Grex Vocalis on many occasions. Terje Winge will accompany him on the organ, and will also perform a solo piece by the French composer Windor.

Welcome to a Christmas concert with one of Norway’s leading choirs.


French Christmas

Oslo, December 1 and 2, 2002.


G. F. Handel: Messiah

Oslo, December 3 and 4, 2001.


A Cappella

Oslo, October 22, 2000.


Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Oslo, December 11 and 12, 1999.