Elt Meets Kingo: A Day In The Faroe Islands


A short film documenting the recent trip to the Faroe Islands made by Elt (featuring Kit Downes, Tom Challenger and Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad)

Kit Downes and Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad (Nordskala Church, January 2020)
Kit Downes and Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad (Nordskala Church, January 2020)

This short film records the meeting of Elt in January 2020 with local trombonist/producer Dávur Juul Magnussen for a special sunset concert with the choir of Kingobólkurin úr Tjørnuvik in the picturesque Nordskala Church. Singing in kingo, an ancient form of hymn singing (similar to Gaelic psalm singing in the Western Isles of Scotland), the choir perform unaccompanied in unison, each individual's own pace, tuning and embellishment encouraged and included within the sound. The results are striking and beautiful – expressive and powerful – a cultural exchange unlike any other – both sides contributing without compromise, fuelled by a spirit both unifying and respectful.

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