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A series of classical concerts in the historical place Skálholt

  • Skálholtskirkja church For eight centuries Skálholt was a cultural and political center in Iceland. The first official school of the country, Skálholtsskóli, founded there in 1056 to educate clergy. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

Iceland’s oldest summer music festival, Skálholt Summer Concerts, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. This is a series of classical concerts held July and early August each summer in the beautiful Skálholskirkja church, in South Iceland.

The festival was founded in 1975, originally focusing on baroque music but from 1978 new compositions have been premiered every year. 

For centuries, Skálholt was one of the most important places in Iceland and one of the country‘s two episcopal sees, along with Hólar in Hjaltadalur valley in North Iceland.

In addition to around 40 public concerts, lectures and workshops in Skálholt the festival takes part in CD releases for international distribution, musical scores publications and regular resident ensembles, such as the great Skálholt Quartet (listen below), also travel frequently in Iceland and abroad. 

Full programme and more information at sumartonleikar.is

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