Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden, the Røros Winter Chamber Music Festival, is a non-profit organization that since 1999 has arranged an annual chamber music festival in the old mining town of Røros, a United Nation World Heritage site. We welcome you to take part in a unique experience, «The Fifth Season» – the Røros Winter Chamber Music Festival, where the sound of music, the smell of tulips, and the light of lengthening days spread joy and inspiration amongst audience and artists alike.
The Winter Festival in Bergstaden – The fifth season
In the mining town Røros we have since 1999 been pleased by the fact that the year has gotten another new season. ´The fifth season´ is emerging in the middle of March, and to the sound of chamber music and the smell of tulips we float around while the March light floods the Røros plateau. These kinds of experiences leave traces. Like in Sami nomad culture, are most of these traces invisible. Nevertheless, we know that they still exist, and they can easily be recalled.
The Winter Festival in Bergstaden builds upon long traditions. Partisans and government officials enjoyed the classical music ever since the copperworks´ first decade. The Røros church got its first Baroque organ the year after the Wagner organ was installed in Nidarosdomen in Trondheim. The church music also became the common cultural heritage, since Røros copperworks had the working people do church duty.
Røros church is described by pundits as an instrument in itself. The church hall´s form and the headroom provides full justice and a mild timbre to the acoustic music. The acoustics also satisfied the demands from Die Berliner Philharmoniker and sir Simon Rattle who situated their annual Europe concert here in 2015. After the concert Sir Simon said: «This church is God´s gift to music». On the basis of this experience, the Winter Festival in Bergstaden cooperates further with the Røros church to take care of recruitment of new concert events in Bergstaden´s Ziir.
The ideal foundation of the Winter Festival in Bergstaden has as purpose to spread joy of music and music interest among practitioners as well as listeners. The chamber music festival with the same name is well established on the national culture calendar as a result of great commitment from a skilled staff (employees and volunteers) with support from local, regional and national authorities. Culture-conscious sponsors and supporters and an ever increasing, enthusiastic audience has contributed to that the winter festival in Bergstaden, in cooperation with the civic-minded Kavlifondet, now also is responsible for the Orchestra Academy Konstknekt, where mentors from Die Berliner Philharmoniker shares knowledge, attitudes and skills with young, Norwegian musicians that are on their way into a demanding professional life (www.konstknekt.no).
To see possibilities and contexts in the constellations we are a part of is one of the keys to this development. Good teamwork often gives more than your contribution, and leads often to good results. With idealism and professionalism as important basic values of our business, the Winter Festival in Bergstaden continues to look forward and strives to spread live music and unique concerts to everyone that wants to listen.
Welcome to our events and thank you for showing interest!
ARTIST DIRECTOR 2018
Valgerd Svarstad Haugland – Chairman of the Board
Erling Dahl jr.
Lisa J. Vespestad