Tolkien Ensemble

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Tolkien Ensemble
Background Information
GenreClassical, Folk
Years active1995-2013
labelClassicO, Membran, Decca
Current MembersCaspar Reiff, Peter Hall, Signe Asmussen, Øyvind Ougaard, Katja Nielsen, Morten Ryelund Sørensen
Former MembersChristopher Lee

The Tolkien Ensemble is a Danish ensemble with the aim to create "the world's first complete musical interpretation of the poems and songs from The Lord of the Rings". They published four studio albums from 1997 to 2005. The project was given approval by both the Tolkien family and Harper Collins Publishers. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark gave permission for her illustrations to be used as cover art for their albums.

The ensemble was founded by guitarist and composer Caspar Reiff in 1995. Other permanent members were Peter Hall, Signe Asmussen, Øyvind Ougaard, Katja Nielsen, and Morten Ryelund Sørensen.

According to their Facebook page, the ensemble continued to perform sporadically until Covid-19 lockdowns prevented further concerts.


  • An Evening in Rivendell (1997)
    Malene Nordtorp, Ole Jegindø Norup, Mads Thiemann, Morten Ernst Lassen, Commotio-Kvartetten choir, Polkageist.
  • A Night in Rivendell (2000)
    Ulrik Cold, Kurt Ravn, Povl Dissing, Mads Thiemann, Morten Ernst Lassen, The Chamber Choir Hymnia.
  • At Dawn in Rivendell (2003)
    Kurt Ravn, Morten Ernst Lassen, Peter Hall, Tom McEwan, Caspar Reiff, the Copenhagen Chamber Choir Camerata, Copenhagen Young Strings. Recitation by Christopher Lee.
  • Leaving Rivendell: Selected songs and poems from the Lord of the Rings (2005)
    Jørgen Ditlevsen, Kurt Ravn, Nick Keir, the Danish National Chamber Choir/DR, the Danish Radio Sinfonietta/DR. Recitation by Christopher Lee.
  • Complete Songs and Poems (2006)
    A compilation of all of the previous albums