Icelandic Symphony Orchestra Debuts At BBC Proms - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelandic Symphony Orchestra Debuts At BBC Proms

Published August 23, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photos by
Panos Asproulis

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra made its Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday, reports RÚV.

The Symphony performed works by two homegrown composers, both inspired by Iceland’s geology.

The slow-growing, primal Geysir by Jón Leifs balanced the shifting tectonics of Hauk Tómasson’s Magma.

“We felt so great,” said Concertmaster Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir. “We could have played on that stage for 50 years. There was no stress, it was just absolutely wonderful, I can’t explain it any other way.”

The BBC Proms is a summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and events founded in 1985.

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