THE SWEDISH RADIO CHOIR: LUNCH CONCERT WITH THE SWEDISH YOUTH CHOIR
The Swedish Youth Choir (SVUK) has been a musical meeting place for young, ambitious choir singers from all over Sweden since 2011. When they, under the direction of their current conductor Maria Goundorina, meet the Swedish Radio Choir’s experienced choir singers, music by Francis Poulenc, Anna-Karin Klockar, Agneta Sköld, Nana Forte and others is on the repertoire.
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. It is still hailed as one of the best choirs in the world. 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.
Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Choir since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the seated audience, the choir reaches millions of listeners on the radio and the web through Klassiska konserten i P2. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top choirs.
With the 2020–2021 season, Kaspars Putniņš begins his tenure as the tenth Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir. 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 orchestra’s former Music Directors, Tõnu Kaljuste and Peter Dijkstra, were appointed Conductors Laureate in November 2019. Both maintain a close relationship with the choir and make regular guest appearances.
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.
GUSTAV HOLST’S THE PLANETS
Gustav Holst’s magnificent orchestral suite The Planets and Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs with Daniel Harding and Johanna Wallroth.
LIGETI, SCHUMANN, SIBELIUS
Hear Christian Tetzlaff in Schumann’s violin concerto and celebrate Ligeti’s centenary with the visionary Atmosphères. Followed by music director Daniel Harding conducting the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius’s much loved fourth symphony.