A new symphony orchestra has been established in South Iceland, the region’s first. The orchestra’s first public performances were for primary school students in Þorlákshöfn, Hveragerði, and Reykholt, as Vísir reports. The program opened with the James Bond theme song, which had children bouncing in their seats.
The orchestra contains 14 instrumentalists, all of whom live in the region. Its conductor Guðmundur Óli Gunnarsson lives in Selfoss and has plenty of relevant experience when it comes to building up a new orchestra: Guðmundur worked with SinfoniaNord, North Iceland’s symphony orchestra, from its founding for 23 years. Guðmundur hopes to build up regular concerts with the South Iceland Orchestra in the region.
Symphonic ensembles seem to be blossoming outside the capital area in recent years. A symphony orchestra was established in East Iceland just under two years ago, while Guðmundur’s former employer SinfoniaNord is now sought-after as a film orchestra, recording soundtrack music for Hollywood films remotely.