”Lux Illuxit - St.Olaf officium” is based on the music and texts related to the feast honouring St. Olav, Norway’s most significant Catholic celebration in the mediaeval times. These include the canticles Lux Illuxit Letabunda and Postquam Calix Babilonis and other music performed around the ecclesiastical worship of St. Olav. The concert is partly built around newly written estampies, partly traditional Norwegian and Scandinavian tunes, and adaptions of the melodic themes and structures in the liturgies of St. Olav into new compositions, improvisations and arrangements.
Especially for the Icelandic audience, the music will be standing next to tableau scenes from the life and myths of St. Olav, performed by Icelandic actor and dancer Ivar Örn Sverrisson.
The musicians Elisabeth Holmertz, Elisabeth Vatn and Anders Røine have previously collaborated on the project Stave Church Songs – Martyred Saints and sister Bells, commissioned by Concerts Norway due to the marking of the Unesco Cultural Heritage year 2009. The album came out in 2011 and the concert has been performed in Norwegian Stave Churches every year since 2009 until today and will also be performed at the Folk Music Festival in Siglufjordur and in the Stave Church Heymaey at Vestmannaeyar July 2015. For this project, Lux Illuxit, Holmertz, Vatn and Røine have invited the Danish pipe- and tabour player Poul Høxbro . All of the performers have distinguished themselves as innovative on their respective instruments. With their highly personal musical approach and their many projects and collaborations, they have created bridges between early music, classical music, folk- and electronic music.
Lux Illuxit – St.Olavs Officium premiered in Østre Aker church in Oslo, spring 2014. We’re currently planning a series of concerts in Norway, along the pilgrim’s walk to Nidaros (Trondheim) and in St. Olav’s churches and festivals in the Nordic countries.