Founded in 1997 The South Iceland Chamber Choir (SICC) / Kammerkór Suðurlands is well known for its versatile repertoire ranging from jazz and pop music to compositions reflecting the newest trends in contemporary music. The choir has collaborated with and premièred works by many outstanding composers, whose musical backgrounds and works range from pop and rock to classical. These include Sir John Tavener, Jack White, Emil Råberg, Eyvind Gulbrandsen, Bára Grímsdóttir and Kjartan Sveinsson from Sigur Ros.
The choir was honoured to be favoured by Sir John Tavener to premier some of his works and enjoyed this collaboration and friendship for over a decade. In 2013 and 2014 the choir performed in Southwark Cathedral in London and Salisbury Cathedral in remembrance of the great composer, and sang his music along with the world-known soprano Patricia Rozario at Reykjavik Arts Festival in 2014. The 2010 record “Heilagur draumur” (“Sacred Dream”), with music by Sir Tavener, was highly acclaimed both in Iceland and internationally.
The choir has performed at numerous venues and festivals, e.g. Reykjavik Jazz Festival, Dark Music Days and the Tectonics festival in 2013. The choir performed as well in the newly composed opera “Ragnheiður” by Gunnar Þórðarsson in 2013 and was invited as a special guest to Umeå International Choir Festival in 2014.
SICC has also performed music for films. They performed music by Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson for the film “The Grump” (2014) and most recently music by Georg Hólm and Orri P. Dýrason from the band Sigur Ros in collaboration with Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Kjartan D. Holm in the highly acclaimed documentary film; The Greatest Shows on Earth. The film was produced by Sagafilm for BBC and premièred at he Sheffield Film Festival in June 2015.
Founder and musical director of the choir is Hilmar Örn Agnarsson.