About the ensemble

Norwegian Cornett & Sackbuts is an early music ensemble consisting of five musicians; Kristin Hetland (cornett/baroque trumpet), Wenche Tjentland, Runar Valheim Værnes, Helene Øverlie (baroque trombones/sackbuts) and Eli Molaug Odland (percussion). The ensemble is one of the first and few ensembles that perform renaissance and baroque music on historical brass and percussion instruments in Norway.    


Norwegian Cornett and Sackbuts was started in London in 2002, and the ensemble is now based in Oslo. In 2010 the ensemble won the first Nordic competition for early music ensembles, "EAR-ly 2010", at the Stockholm Early Music Festival.

 In 2009 the ensemble were finalists in ”International Young Artist’s Presentation – Historical Wind Instruments edition” in Antwerp, Belgium, and in 2006 the ensemble were finalists in  ”Premier Concours International de Cuivres Anciens de Toulouse” in France, arranged by Les Sacqueboutiers de Toulouse. In 2009 the ensemble recorded its first CD in Kongsberg Church. A second CD, "The Beauty of Nothingness", was released in November 2015.

NCS has performed at Oslo kammermusikkfestival, Seviqc Brezice Festival in Slovenia, Arctic Trombone Festival, Valle Baroque, Kammerfest i Østfold, Trollhättan Tidig Musik dagar, Musik på slott och herresäten and in several chamber music societies. In the autumn of 2010, the ensemble started their own chamber music series in Oslo called Brennaktuell Barokk.

In 2008 and 2009 the ensemble toured the Nordic countries with “Music from the court of Christian IV”, playing concerts in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland.

Norwegian Cornett and Sackbuts has also played concerts together with Bærum Bachkor, Frogner kammerkor and the Choir of Stavanger Cathedral, and has done projects in Sweden and The Netherlands. Norwegian Cornett & Sackbuts has also done early music seminars for children and the members of the ensemble occasionally play with the baroque orchestras “Barokkanerne” and "Norsk Barokkorkester" on various projects.

As an ensemble, NCS has performed in masterclasses with several well-known musicians, such as Theresa Caudle, Pedro Memelsdorff, Peter Bassano, and Ole Kristian Andersen. All five members of the ensemble have master degrees in music performance from leading music institutions in Europe, and have individually won several prizes and awards.