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Royal Festival Hall

NORÐ is a newly commissioned soundscape that has been created especially for the interior of Royal Festival Hall by Faroese artist, musician and composer Jens L Thomsen.



The work is an ambient representation of the stunning and diverse Nordic landscapes. Thomsen collected the different sounds, via an open call for sample sounds taken from Nordic countries and arranged them to create this composition. Many of the submissions had links with water in different forms: ice (arctic), running brooks and rivers, boiling (Icelandic geysers), air, vapour, rain, and the sea, which connects all Nordic countries. The piece references current issues such as global warming and is a reflection on the fragile ecology of the coastal regions.

Thomsen is the founder of ORKA, a band which began crafting their own handmade instruments out of agricultural tools on a small farm in the Faroe Islands and now create a bold, cathartic electronic sound that has earned them fans around the world, and two nominations for the Nordic Council Music Prize.


This soundscape across Level 5 of Royal Festival Hall takes the form of several separate sound pieces played out by loudspeakers.


NORÐ is part of Summertime,Southbank Centre as well as Nordic Matters – a year-long programme of Nordic arts and culture at Southbank Centre.

With thanks to sound contributors from:

Kristian Blak

Katrine Grønlund

Helgi Jacobsen

Urd Johannesen

Nina K. Jørgensen

Høgni Lisberg

Dávur Juul Magnussen

Frida Malmø

Amirabbas Mohammadi

Varna Marianne Nielsen

Ólafur Björn Ólafsson

Riccardo Pes


Torkil Tórgarð

Ryck Valli

David Webb

Jon Wesseltoft

Peter Storm Wich

Matthew Workman