About us

The Valen choir was founded by Sverre Valen in 1964. The choir from Vestfold aims to exert choir at a high level. Sverre Valen led the choir to a prominent place in the Norwegian music scene and resigned as conductor in 1995. Valen was replaced by Jan Helge Trøen and Bård Bonsaksen took over as conductor and artistic director in 1999. In the autumn of 2015 Guy Poupart took over as conductor and artistic director.

Guy Poupart resident in Sandefjord, but is originally from Luxembourg. He is a versatile musician with many years of experience both as organist and choirmaster. He has directed several choirs in Vestfold, including Sandefjord Vokalensemble.

He has worked for several years as cantor in Sandefjord Joint Parish Council, but has since 2014 worked as a lecturer at Sandefjord high school. Guy Poupart also operates as a freelance organist and has given concerts in many European countries and also in South Korea.
The choir's repertoire is varied and includes large parts of the classic choir literature, typical Nordic music, great classical works, church music and a versatile range of worldly choir literature. Concerts are often conducted in collaboration with renowned soloists, ensembles and orchestras.

Ingegerd Kemken has been Valen choir pianist and accompanist since 1971. Almost as long as she has been pianist and accompanist for Sandefjord Girls' Choir. She has been artistic director of Vestfold Opera Choir since it was created in 1975. Ingegerd is an effective accompanist and a sensitive and sparkling accompanist. In 2000 she was awarded with the first ever District Opera Award, and then she got the DnBNor Culture award in 2008.

The choir has repeatedly taken part in Vestfold International Festival, the St. Olav Festival in Trondheim and Church Festival in Kristiansand. For every Christmas the Valen choir keeps well visited concerts in Vestfold churches. The Valen choir has over the years carried out a number of trips abroad, especially to Rome where the choir sang for the Pope in St. Peter's Square. We have also been awarded the Spelleman award in 1975 for "Mountain Norway" which was released on LP. In the year of 1989, the choir sang on the Nobel's peace price award where Dalay Lama was awarded the prize.

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