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Ice music from Norway on Radio 4

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Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick 21:29, Monday, 7 February 2011

An ice trumpet at the Norwegian ice music festival.

Musical instruments carved from ice cut from a frozen fjorde, concerts by musicians from all over the world, held in snow flurries under the Northern lights. Not your typical music festival. These remarkable pictures, by photographer Emile Holba, were taken at the Norwegian Ice Music Festival, the subject of tomorrow's 'The Music That Melted', presented by Richard Coles and produced by Sara Jane Hall. Listen at 1330 on BBC Radio 4. There are more pictures on the Radio 4 site.

The stage set for a concert - the ice guitar, singer and percussion - at the Norwegian Ice Music Festival.

The Dutch guitarist, Bram Stadhouders, having a first go at tuning and then playing the ice guitar, as long as his fingers can bear it! Next to him, Bill Covitz, the ice carver. At the Norwegian Ice Music Festival.

One of the volunteers helping carve the ice at the Norwegian Ice Music Festival.


  • Comment number 1.

    I would like to thank whoever is responsible for the 'ice music' feature. I live among people who are urgently and passionately involved in the old tired problems of this world. To listen to this lovely story when I got up this morning (I live in the US Southwest) was a small, unexpected pleasure.

  • Comment number 2.

    I found this programme enchanting. I checked out the photographs today - lovely to see.

    What an unusual gig. I would love to go there although listening to this I felt as if I was in the audience enjoying this beautiful experience. Wearing all my layers in Glasgow trying to recover from the flu this feature felt like the perfect tonic for me.

    Thanks very much to Richard, Sarah Jane and all the people involved in the Norwegian Ice Music Festival. Just looked at my guitar this morning...if only it was made from ice...


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