As Easter approaches, the Swedish Radio Choir gives a devout and spiritually rewarding programme about forgiveness and meditation, reflection and regret. Masterpieces from the Renaissance such as Gregorio Allegri’s famous and enchanting Miserere intertwine with contemporary musical observations. The conductor is Nigel Short, one of England’s foremost choirmasters and also founder and musical director of the internationally acclaimed ensemble, Tenebrae.
For more than 90 years, the Swedish Radio Choir has contributed to the development of the Swedish a cappella tradition. Under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson, the choir earned great international renown and is hailed as one of the best choirs in the world today. The choir members’ ability to switch between powerful solo performances and seamlessly integrating themselves in the ensemble creates a unique and dynamic instrument praised by critics and music lovers alike, as well as by the many guest conductors who explore and challenge the choir’s possibilities.
The Swedish Radio Choir was founded the same year as the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and the choir had its first concert in May 1925. Right from the start, the choir had high ambitions with a conscious aim to perform contemporary music.
Since January 2019, Marc Korovitch is the choirmaster of the Swedish Radio Choir with responsibility for the ensemble’s continued artistic development. Two of the choir’s former chief conductors, Tõnu Kaljuste and Peter Dijkstra, were appointed conductors laureate in November 2019. Both maintain a close relationship with the choir and make regular guest performances. A new chief conductor is currently being recruited.
Approximate concert length: 1 h 35 min
Alonso Lobo: Versa est in luctum
James MacMillan: Tenebrae Responsories
Gregorio Allegri: Miserere
James MacMillan: Miserere
Nana Forte: Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
Tomás Luis de Victoria: selections from Tenebrae Responsories
Zacharias Ehnvall: ReMiserere, première