Category Archives: Concerts

Concert in Arna church


I will play a concert in Arna church, where I will play a bit of the programme which I’m going to play in Haugesund at the Fartein Valen-festival.

Admission is free, but there will be a collection at the exit.


Johann Sebastian Bach: Piece d’Orgue

Maurice Duruflé: Meditation

Fartein Valen: Preludium & fuge, op. 33

Alexandre Guilmant: Sonata no. 5, c-minor

Duration: app. 1 hour

Concert: Organ Marathon in Arna church


This saturday, we have an organ marathon going on in Arna church.

When I first started playing the organ, my uncle was my teacher. A few years earlier, on of my cousins also received education from our uncle. So this saturday all three of us will play a 45 minute program, separated by 30 minute breaks.

Tickets are NOK 100,- for each concert, or NOK 200,- for all three concerts.

The “rounds”:

5 PM: Kristen Øgaard (for many years organist in “Church of the cross” in downtown Bergen, as well as organist in Arna church from 2007 – 2010)
6.15 PM: Hallgeir Øgaard (Organist and Musical Director of Arna church from 2012)
7.30 PM: Sigurd Melvær Øgaard (Organist in Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Houston, as well as accompanist and organist for Bach Society Houston)

Vår Frelsers kirke, Haugesund


During the Fartein Valen Festival in September, I will play a concert in Vår Frelsers kirke (“Our Saviour’s Church”) in Haugesund. This church has a fairly new organ built by dutch organ builder Verschueren Orgelbouw which was dedicated in 2004. This organ replaced an organ built by G. F. Steinmeyer in 1954.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Piece d’Orgue
Charles-Marie Widor (1844 – 1937): Adagio, from Symphonie pour Orgue op. 42 no. 5
Fartein Valen (1887 – 1952): Preludium & Fuge, op. 33 (1939)
Maurice Durufle (1902 – 1986): Meditation
Felix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837 – 1911): Choral et Fugue, from Sonata no. 5

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Concert in Arna church – Gabriel Fauré: Requiem


Welcome to a great concert in Arna church this sunday evening. Alversund kammerkor (chamber choir) will perform Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem”, a well known, and very beautiful Requiem.

Alversund kammekor is based in Alversund, a small town 25 minutes from downtown Bergen. Alversund also happens to be my birth place and where I was raised, and from 2002 to 2008 I was employed as second organist in Alversund church, and got to work with Alversund kammerkor on several occations.

Odd Leif Mjøs is the conductor of Alversund kammerkor, and also is the musical director of Alversund church. He has made this choir to one of the best choirs in county of Hordaland, and during his time as conductor, they have performed several large pieces like St. Johns Passion (Bach), Messiah (Händel) and Requiem (by both Mozart, Duruflé and Fauré).

On this performance of Fauré’s Requiem, I will be playing the organ.

Complete program, with tickets information will be posted soon.

Organ concert in Arna church


During “Culture Days” in Arna, I will have my first organ concert as organist/director of music in Arna church.

The organ of Arna church, was built in 1955 by Norwegian organ builder, Jørgensen. As many organs produced in the 40s, 50s and 60s, there were some fairly large issues with the organ, mostly electrical errors, but also damaged pipes etc.

All these issues led to a conclusion in the mid-1990s, that the organ had to be demolished, and there was a fund raising to collect money to build a new organ. Fortunately, one of my predecessors, discovered that the organ had many, many good qualities. They were just hidden behind all the electrical issues. After a while, he managed to convince the church of Bergen that a restoration of the organ would be sufficient.

So a couple of years ago, the organ was restored, repaired and enlarged, with 3 additional stops, which gives the organ a total of 43 stops, making it one of the largest instrument in Bergen municipality, except those found in downtown Bergen. During the restoration, air pressure inside the organ’s bellows, were increased, making it a much more powerfull organ than it was originally.

I’m very excited about this concert, and looking forward to perform my first of many organ concerts in Arna church.


Admission: Free


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Toccata & Fugue, “Dorian”, BWV 538

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707): Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott, BuxWV 184

Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837 – 1911): Grand Choeur, op. 84

Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992): From “La Nativité du Seigneur”: Jésus accepte la Souffrance

Flor Peeters (1903 – 1986): Aria, op. 51

César Franck (1822 – 1890): Choral no. 3, a minor

Concert in Skien church


This evening I will play a concert in Skien church in Telemark county. Skien church has Norway’s third largest organ, with 4 manuals and 70 stops. The oldest parts of this organ dates back to 1894 when norwegian organ-builder Olsen & Jørgensen built an instrument with 2 manuals  and 31 stops. It has since been rebuilt in 1936 (added a third manual and 8 stops) and 1954, at which the organ was enlarged to its present size.

The program for this concert will be the same program that I’m going to play in Odense, Denmark:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Piece d’Orgue

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707): Vater Unser im Himmelreich

Alexandre Guilmant (1837 – 1911): Sonata pour Orgue no. 5, op. 80

I don’t know yet if it’s going to be sold tickets or if  the concert is free of charge, but I will publish this as soon as I know.

Concert in Vardeneset church with singer Espen Samuelsen


This evening, I will have concert together with norwegian singer Espen Samuelsen who lives in Stavanger. We will perform some well-known pieces from both the classical genre and the more “popish” music litterature. Between the songs, norwegian lyricist, Kjellaug Bakke, will read some poems of herself and some written by others. I will also play an organpiece during this concert.

Tickets: NOK 100,-