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P4 PLUS GALA

The incredibly popular online radio station P4 Plus’ very own gala in Berwaldhallen, this year with guests in the form of experienced artists Tommy Nilsson, Charlotte Perrelli, Lasse Berghagen och Frida Öhrn. Together with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Anders Berglund, they take us on a nostalgic musical journey that will live long in the memory.


SWEDISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Foto: Julian Hargreaves.

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is known worldwide as one of Europe’s most versatile orchestras with an exciting and varied repertoire and a constant striving to break new ground The multi-award-winning orchestra has been praised for its exceptional, wide-ranging musicianship as well as collaborations with the world’s foremost composers, conductors and soloists.

Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the audience in the hall, the orchestra reaches many many listeners on the radio and the web and through it´s partnership with EBU. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play and with Swedish Television, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top orchestras.

“The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007. “I have never had a concert with the orchestra where they haven’t played as though their lives depended on it!” The orchestra is also proud to have Klaus Mäkelä as its Principal Guest Conductor since 2018.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swedish Radio Symphony was one of the only orchestras in the world which never stopped playing.  Its innovative and creative approach to making music in these dark times helped its public to cope and even made the news itself.

The first radio orchestra was founded in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967. Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished Music Directors. Two of them are Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Anders Berglund. Foto: Michael Engström.

Anders Berglund är en av Sveriges mest kända musikprofiler, framför allt som dirigent och arrangör men även som producent, musiker och kompositör. Han har medverkat i mängder av tv-program, schlagerfestivaler, krogshower, musikaler, skivproduktioner och lett Sveriges ledande orkestrar. Han har komponerat musik till filmer, tv-produktioner, radioteater och teateruppsättningar.

Han har gjort åtskilliga föreställningar på Berns salonger och Hamburger Börs med artister som Magnus & Brasse, Siw Malmkvist, After Dark och Svante Thuresson. Sedan 1980-talet har han och Robert Wells drivit det populära projektet Rhapsody in Rock som resulterat i albuminspelningar och otaliga, bejublade konserter hemma i Sverige såväl som runt om i världen.

Han har gjort återkommande gästspel i Berwaldhallen sedan 2004 då han var med och startade konsertserien Svenska stjärnor.

Tommy Nilsson. Foto: Werecki Promotion.

Sångaren och låtskrivaren Tommy Nilsson har varit en älskad artist över flera generationer. Han fick sitt genombrott redan 1987, med låten Allt som jag känner, som han sjöng tillsammans med Tone Norum. Även flera av  hans andra sånger har blivit klassiker, som exempelvis En dag, som tog hem första priset i Melodifestivalen 1989 och som kom på fjärde plats i Eurovision Song Contest. En annan av hans mest kända låtar är den älskade Öppna din dörr, som blev årets låt på Svensktoppen 1997. Hösten 2021 genomförde Tommy Nilsson en bejublad turné till kyrkor runt om i Sverige.

Charlotte Perrelli. Foto: Mikael Kenta Stockhouse.

Charlotte Perrelli är en av vårt lands folkkäraste sångerskor. Hon är en oerhört mångsidig artist som har uppträtt i många olika roller, bland annat som dansbandssångerska, soloartist och som musikalartist. I den senare rollen har hon gestaltat Eva Peron i musikalen Evita på Malmö Opera och på Göta Lejon i Stockholm och på samma scen gjorde hon Belle i Skönheten & Odjuret, en roll som hon blev guldmask-nominerad för. Charlotte har även deltagit i Melodifestivalen ett flertal gånger. 1999 tog hon hem förstapriset i Eurovision Song Contest med låten Take me to your Heaven och 2008 vann hon den svenska Melodifestivalen med sången Hero. Charlotte Perrelli har även spelat in tio soloalbum, suttit i juryn för Talang i TV4 och varit sommarpratare i Sveriges Radio.

Lasse Berghagen. Foto: Uffe Ringblom.
Frida Öhrn. Foto: Nicci Notini.

Frida Öhrn has a voice you don’t easily forget; a voice that stands out and captures you with its close and slightly raspy sound. Maybe that’s why Release Me by the band Oh Laura, with Frida’s voice at the forefront, became a super hit worldwide. Since then we have seen her touring and releasing records with her band Cookies n Beans together with Linda Ström and Charlotte Centervall. Over the years, Frida has also collaborated with, among others, Peter Jöback and Bo Sundström. In 2016 Frida started the record label Eagle where she released the critically acclaimed EP Bang Bang under the name ÖHRN.

In 2020, Frida competed in Melodifestivalen with the entry We Are One, a song that is about inclusion, solidarity and seeing similarities in one another instead of differences. The same year, Frida released a cover of Roxette’s Fading Like a Flower, which became a Swedish radio hit. In 2021, Frida released her single Leva Nu with the message of capturing the moment and not taking anything for granted. Most recently she released a personal cover of Jag ger dig min morgon.

P4 Plus presentatörer. Foto: Mattias-Ahlm./Sveriges Radio.

Some of the P4 Plus presenters are on site at every concert in Berwaldhallen. In the photo: Anders Hildemar Ohlsson, Henrik Olsson, Claes-Johan Larsson, Annika Jankell, Björn Lindberg, Åsa Stöckel, Susanne Tellinger, Bengt Höglind, Carina Bergek, Micke Cederberg, Lasse Lindell, Lisa Syrén and Johanna Hermann Lundberg.

Approximate concert length: 2 hours including intermission