The Blue Church
The Blue Church in Seyðisfjörður is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Iceland. With its distinct colour and buildingstyle it has become a popular spot for tourists. The church used to stand at Dvergasteinn farm and in 1882 it was moved to Vestdalseyri. At first the church stood on a hill overlooking Vestdalseyri but in 1894 it was blown over and damaged by a huge storm. The church was rebuilt, this time down on the peninsula and stood there until 1920 when the decision was made to move to its present location in the heart of Seyðisfjörður. In 1989 the the Blue Church was damaged by fire when renovation work was being carried out on the building and a pipe organ that was installed in 1987 was ruined by the flames. Today the Blue Church has a pipe organ of the same type as the one that was lost to the fire.
The Blue Church is open to visitors in the summer.
Open through June – July – August 2019
Monday – Friday from 10:00-17:00
The church is also open during the stay of cruise ships.
The Blue Church Summer Concert Series was founded in 1998 by Muff Worden, musician and Sigurður Jónsson engineer. The concerts are held in the church of Seyðisfjörður on Wednesday nights in July and early August. The aim is to offer a program consisting of different music styles, where classical music, jazz and blues, folk music and lighter music get to shine. The performers are usually highly qualified musicians.
The Seyðisfjörður church is a good concert house, praised by the performers. It houses a fairly new Steinway grand piano and a Frobenius organ with 14-15 stops. It has seats for 300 people. The concert guests are both locals and foreign travellers.
The program 2019
July 3rd – Reynir Hauksson – Classical and Flamenco music
Reynir Hauksson began performing music as a child in Iceland, beginning with piano. In his teenage years the inspiration for guitar playing was sparked and later he would graduate as a Classical Guitar Soloist from the music academy FÍH in Reykjavík, Iceland. He also studied Jazz guitar and music theory from the same school.
Later he moved to Norway to perform and teach music and thereafter he moved to Andalucía, Spain to play an active role in the Flamenco scene there.
Reynir is an active performer, playing mostly Classical and Flamenco music, but also Jazz, Rock and Balkan music.
July 10th – Berta Dröfn & Sigurður Helgi / Händel & Heimskringla
Berta Dröfn Ómarsdóttir soprano and Sigurður Helgi Oddsson pianist will perform arias by Händel and a song cycle by Tryggvi M. Baldvinsson and Þórarinn Eldjárn.
Berta graduated with honours from Conservatorio Monteverdi in Bolzano, Italy in 2016. After graduation she has performed in Carnegie Hall, New York and Scala opera, Milano.
Sigurður Helgi gratuated summa cum laude with a BM degree in professional music from Berklee College of Music in 2011. He works as a pianist and a teacher at the Reykjavík Academy of Singing and the Vocal Arts.
July 17th – Auður Gunnars, Eva Þyri & Bjarki / The Icelandic Song
The program is dedicated to the Icelandic song heritage. We will perform the first icelandic song and from there sing our way closer to moderns songs. Bjarki Sveinbjörnsson will narrate the story and inligth our guests.
This program is for everyone who wants to enjoy the beauty of the Icelandic song.
Audur studied at the Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts with Ólöf K. Harđardóttir and the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, where she passed her final exam with distinction.
Eva Þyri Hilmarsdóttir graduated from the Reykjavík College of Music and furthered her studies in Denmark, with prof. John Damgaard at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, receiving an Advanced Soloist Diploma. She studied with Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music in London and graduated from the MA Piano Accompaniment Course with Distinction and was awarded a DipRAM and the Christian Carpender Piano Prize for an outstanding final recital.
Bjarki Sveinbjörnsson a musicologist who graduated as a music teacher from Tónlistarskólanum í Reykjavík in the spring of 1976. He pursued postgraduate studies in the United States (1979-1981) and at Aalborg University in Denmark in 1989-1998), where he completed a doctoral degree in tone science in 1998. His main field of study is the history of Icelandic music.
July 24th – Dea Sonans / Latin & Melodic Chamber Jazz
Dea Sonans is a quartet formed by four women in 2018. The program consists mostly of originals by its members and the occasional cover. Their music can be described as reaching from latin to melodic chamber jazz, both lyrical and accessible, instrumental and sung.
Alexandra Kjeld, bass and vocals
Rósa Guðrún Sveinsdóttir, saxophone / transverse and vocals
Sigrún Kristbjörg Jónsdóttir, trumpet / violin / percussion and song
Sunna Gunnlaugsdóttir, piano
July 31st – Aldís Fjóla / Ballroom & Electro-Pop
Aldís Fjóla is a musician from Borgarfjörður Eystri. She has performed widely in her music career and has appeared in concerts around the country. Last year, Aldís Fjóla started working with Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson and she is now working on her first solo album with her own material. Aldís Fjóla’s music ranges from quiet ballroom to electro-pop. At the concert in the Blue Church, Aldís Fjóla and his band will play their own material mixed with some of her favorite songs.
August 7th – Hlín Péturs Behrens Sopran & Ögmundur Þór Guitar / Songs, old and new
Hlín Pétursdóttir Behrens soprano studied singing at Tónlistarskóli Reykjavíkur and graduated as a solosinger 1992. She then studied at the Opera Academy of the Music College in Hamburg, and completed her studies as a singer in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France for 10 years.
Ögmundur Þór Jóhannesson started learning classical guitar when he was 10. From 2000 to 2002, he studied classical guitar in Barcelona under the tutelage of Amaesson Amadou, Ricardo Jesus Gallen and Alex Garob Sadalo. In June 2008, Ogmundur graduated from Salzburg Mozarteum University of Music under the instruction of Marco Diaz Tamayo.
For more information on the programs, please visit www.blaakirkjan.is