The Hafnarborg Songfest – Concerts and Courses

Saturday July 7th–Sunday July 15th, Hafnarborg plays host to the second edition of the Hafnarborg Songfest. The Songfest’s aim is to celebrate vocal music and increase knowledge of the voice through concerts and courses. This year, in celebration of the Centenary of Iceland’s Independence and Sovereignty, special focus will be on Icelandic music. All song enthusiasts should find something to their taste at the Hafnarborg Songfest, both as listeners and participants.

The Songfest’s program will feature concerts and performances by Symphonia Angelica, Cantoque, Gadus Mordhua, Olga Vocal Ensemble, Funi, Guðrún Jóhanna Ólafsdóttir, Þóra Einarsdóttir, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Sigríður Ósk Kristjánsdóttir, Francisco Javier Jáuregui and Ástríður Alda Sigurðardóttir.

Artistic Director of the Hafnarborg Songfest is Guðrún Jóhanna Ólafsdóttir.

Music Course for Children

Hafnarborg Songfest offers a week-long music course for children aged 6–12, guided by experienced and enthusiastic teachers. The course will be offered in Icelandic. The participants will perform with the Festival’s professional musicians at the Family Concert on Saturday July 14th at 5 p.m. The Music Course is for all children who enjoy music, both those who are already studying an instrument or singing and those who have no former training. The children will play musical games, improvise, sing and play and rehearse their act in the Saturday Family Concert. The purpose of the course is for the children to enjoy music as creative active musicians.

The course will be offered for two age groups: 6–9 and 10–12 years old.


Monday July 9th–Friday July 13th and Family Concert Saturday July 14th at 5 p.m. (warm-up starts at 4 p.m.)

6–9 years old: 9 a.m–12 p.m.

10–12 years old: 1 p.m.–4 p.m.

Course fee (5 days and one concert): 17.000 ISK. The fee includes two tickets for the Saturday Family Concert.

Please note that there is a limited number of participants.

Singing Course for Non-Professionals

Hafnarborg Songfest offers a singing course for non-professionals, taught by mezzo-soprano Guðrún Ólafsdóttir. The course is ideal for those who love to sing and would like to obtain more control of their voice. The two-day course will cover such themes as posture, breathing, support, modified vowels, singing better in tune, softer and stronger. The goal of the course is for the students to be able to sing with more freedom than before. It is not necessary to know how to read music or to have studied at a music school. The minimum age is 15 years but there is no maximum age.


Saturday July 7th at 3 p.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday July 8th at 3 p.m.–5 p.m.

Course fee (4 hours): is 12.000 ISK. It includes one ticket for one of the Festival’s concerts.

Please note that there is a limited number of participants.

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