Bergen Youth Orchestra

Bergen Youth Orchestra 2001-2010


Bergen Unge Kammerorkester (The Youth Chamber Orchestra of Bergen)
was founded in 2001.
Initiating this orchestra were Bergen's own young musicians as there was no other alternative for them where they could play classical chamber music with fellow youths in the Bergen area.
The orchestra is lead by Tone M. Birkeland, violinist in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and consists of 12 violins, 2 violas, 3 cellos and 1 double bass. The musicians age from 16 to 26 and have their rehearsals in Mariakirken (St Mary's Church), the oldest church in Bergen, dating back to the 12th century. This church has been the orchestra's main arena for concerts played in Bergen.

The orchestra's main goal is to give inspiration to young musicians and to create an environment where youths have an opportunity to play classical music on a high and challenging level with other youths. The orchestra cooperates with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra which has been a supportive resource and an inspiration to the young musicians. Admission to the chamber orchestra is permitted through auditions. This is to maintain a high level of the members. Concerts are held regularly both intercity and in the district to reach out to different audiences and hopefully inspire other youths and musicians.

The orchestra goes on tour abroad every other year: Helsinki (2003), Berlin (2005), New York (2007), and Krakow (2009).



Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite. Hjertesår (The wounded heart). Våren (Last spring). Solveigs sang (Solveig's song). Norsk (Norwegian melody).
                         Første møte (The first meeting). Kulokk (Cow call). Stabburslåt (Peasant dance).
Harald Sæverud: Bådnlåt (Cradle song).
Ole Bull: Et seterbesøk (Visit to a summer farm). I ensomme stunder (Melancholie).
Johan Halvorsen: Air Norvegien.
Johan Svendsen: Romance.
Arne Norheim: Nachruf.
Magnar Åm: Studie over en salmetone fra Luster (Study on a Norwegian hymn from Luster).
Jostein Stalheim: Tango 19.
Per Indrehus: Toner til tekster av Olav H. Hauge og Jakob Sande (Music to texts by O. H. Hauge and J. Sande).
Agathe Backer Grøndahl: Kløvereng (Clover field).


A. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons. Concerto for 4 violins. Double violin concerto (d minor). Double cello concerto.
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos No.3. Double violin concerto (d minor). Violin concerto (a minor).
T. Albinoni: Adagio.
A. Corelli: Concerto Grosso (g-minor - "Christmas Concerto").
G.F. Händel: Messiah. Lascia ch'io pianga.
G. Tartini: Trumpet Concerto.
G. Bottesini: Double bass concerto.
J. Haydn: Violin concerto (D major).
W.A. Mozart: Symphony No.39. Sinfonia Concertante. Divertimento in D. Violin Concerto in D. "Ach, Ich Fühl's" (from The Magic Flute).
J. Offenbach: "Doll Song" from "The Tales of Hoffmann".
E. Elgar: Serenade for Strings.
J. Sibelius: Romance i C. Impromptu.
A. Dvorák: Serenade for Strings.
F. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (D minor).
D. Wirén: Serenade for Strings.
C. Nielsen: Serenade for Strings.
O. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances.
D. Shostakovich: Serenade for Strings.
S. Barber: Adagio for Strings.
B. Britten: Simple Symphony.
P. Hindemith: Trauermusik for viola and orchestra. Fünf Stücke.
M. Karlowicz: Serenade for Strings.
H. Górecki: Three Pieces in Old Style.
A. Piazzolla: The Four Seasons.