Noon Hour Concert: Svenska Psalmboken

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 12:30 pm - 12:30 pm EST

Katherine Hill

Den Svenska Psalmboken: The Lutheran Chorale Tradition in Sweden, 1580 - 1937

Katherine Hill, voice and nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle)

The emergence of the Lutheran chorale in the sixteenth century relied on both tradition and innovation, and as certain melodies and texts became more and more established, they circulated all over northern Europe, leading to the publication of the first Swedish book of hymns in 1695. Singer and nyckelharpa player Katherine Hill will present the Swedish versions of some well-known chorale melodies, as well as unusual traditional variants, new melodies and instrumental music that emerged over time in more remote communities, drawing together some of the most beautiful and unusual elements of this centuries-old singing tradition.

Singer Katherine Hill first developed a love for old European text and music in her native Toronto. With support from the Canada Council for the Arts she moved to the Netherlands in 2000, studying, appearing in concerts, radio broadcasts and at festivals throughout Europe over many years. Her particular interest in music from medieval women’s communities has led to her developing and directing her own projects in Amsterdam, Toronto and Calgary, and she currently directs a women’s group, Vinea (The Vineyard). In 2010, she completed an M.A. in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto’s world-renowned Centre for Medieval Studies, and in 2012, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Katherine received a diploma from the Eric Sahlström Institute in Sweden, where she studied the nyckelharpa (a Swedish keyed fiddle withnyckelharpa instrument origins in the middle ages). Katherine is the Director of Music at St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, an Anglo-Catholic parish in Regent Park, Toronto. She performs and records frequently with early, traditional and new music groups here in Toronto and abroad.

The concert video will be released on November 10th at 12:30pm on the Grebel You-tube Channel.

Our thanks go to Staebler Insurance for their generous sponsorship of this series

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Katherine Hill's Photo credit to Bruce Zinger photography