The Faroese people love music, and during the month of December every music group on the islands is part of a concert somewhere. Saturday evening, the church in Fuglafjørður had a Christmas concert, but for many of us the music started much earlier.
The Lóna choir rehearsed at 1:00 p.m. This is the choir of family members from the í Lon house in Fuglafjørður – my grandfather’s house. We sang for my book-signing party, and then we were asked to sing again for the concert. After the rehearsal, we had “bread” at one of my relatives homes. This bread is very different from bread we would serve in America. There were platters filled with fancy, decorated, open-faced sandwiches, which looked beautiful and tasted delicious. The meal was followed by some more singing (without the choir director) just for the fun of it.
Then I joined some relatives for the drive to the nearby town of Toftir for a concert of Handel’s Messiah with choir, soloists, and orchestra. This wasn’t just the Christmas portion, but was pretty much the entire work, and the music was beautiful. This was the choir that I heard sing in New York four years ago, and there were many familiar faces.
After that concert, we hurried back to Fuglafjørður, arriving just minutes before our concert started. The concert included music by 4 choirs, numerous soloists, and small groups, from Fuglafjørður, plus a special guest musician. We had a break for coffee in the middle, and the entire concert lasted almost four hours.
All in all, I had ten straight hours of music and food – not a bad way to spend a Saturday.