Christmas concert 21 December in Kallio Church
Season 2013/2014 is here
It is a great joy to present an expanded programme in the 2013/14 season. Alongside our concerts in Helsinki we will be taking two programmes on tour in southern Finland. I am happy that our achievements of the last few years have been noted and that we now have the opportunity to build on our success. Joining the European professional chamber choirs’ network, Tenso, has brought with it a number of exciting new opportunities, too.
2013 sees the 85th birthday of Einojuhani Rautavaara, one of the leading composers of choral music in our time. To mark the occasion, we will be performing two of his major religious works in the course of the autumn: the Orthodox Vigilia (five concerts in four cities in September) and, just before Christmas, the new Catholic Missa a cappella. The performance of the Vigilia is a co-production with the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) and Arte and will be shown on television in several countries.
In November, we return to the output of Erik Bergman, a pioneering figure in Finnish choral music. Over the past three seasons, we have explored his output stretching across seven decades in a series of recordings for YLE, from the early folksong arrangements via his ground-breaking experimental pieces to the highly demanding late works. I hope that our performances will help the best of his music establish an enduring place in the repertoire.
Spring 2014 brings with it two world premieres: Lotta Wennäkoski’s Ommel will be performed in three cathedrals, while Greek composer Zesses Seglias’ work forms the final part of his prize in the inaugural Rautavaara Competition, held in 2012.
Amongst our guests, it is a particular pleasure that the Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš, much in demand around Europe, has agreed to make his debut with the choir at the Nordic Music Days 2013 in October.
Our regular concertgoers will notice some structural changes this season. In the past, owing to the project-oriented nature of the choir’s work, singers were drawn from our pool of experienced performers according to availability and the demands of the music at hand. Greater financial security has now made it possible to recruit a core group of singers for the whole season, to be supplemented as necessary from the pool. I hope that this development will allow the choir to grow together as a unit in a way that was not possible before. For now, the core group is still small, but I hope that we will be able to expand it in coming seasons, as this would open up new and exciting possibilities. In its time, the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir employed 24 singers, and central European professional chamber choirs would expect to have 30 to 40 musicians.
Please join us on our varied path in the 2013/14 season! In particular, don’t miss the chance to perform together with the choir in the workshop performance of Cornelius Cardew’s The Great Learning, Paragraph 7 following our March concert. And, as always, do consider becoming a Supporter: this way you can do your bit to ensure the future of professional choral singing in Finland!