THE NORDIC CHOIR EXPEDITION IS BACK!

Performing at the St Magnus International Festival with their own concerts:
Helsinki Chamber Choir
Eric Ericsons Kammarkör
Det Norske Solistkor
Ars Nova Copenhagen

Wed 26.6.2019 at 13.00
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
(St Magnus International Festival)

Helsinki Chamber Choir
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

ALEX FREEMAN: Sydämeni laulu *
JEAN SIBELIUS: Sydämeni laulu
JEAN SIBELIUS: Saarella palaa
FREDRIK PACIUS: Vårmorgonen
DANIEL FRIDERICI: Aetas carmen melodiae a2 (Piae Cantiones 1625)
DANIEL FRIDERICI: Aetas carmen melodiae a4 (Piae Cantiones 1625)
JAN PIETERSZOON SWEELINCK: Cantique de Siméon
DANIEL FRIDERICI: Jucundare jugiter (Piae Cantiones 1625)
ALEX FREEMAN: Fientliga stjärnor * 
EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA: Suite de Lorca
ARVO PÄRT: Virgencita
ALEX FREEMAN: O years and graves! *

* from Under the Arching Heavens – A Requiem (2018)

Tickets: £20–8 – www.stmagnusfestival.com

” Exhale them perennial, sweet death, years, centuries hence...”
– Walt Whitman

Einojuhani Rautavaara’s monumental choral piece A Book of Life reflects everything from childhood to death and is now premiered in a new version for mixed choir. Like Rautavaara, Alex Freeman combines poetry from many sources in his touching requiem in memory of the victims of the Finnish civil war. Prominent Finnish choral pieces are also included, as well as a time trip to the 17th century and the first published collection of music sung in Finland.

Alex Freeman and the Helsinki Chamber Choir at the world premiere of Under the Arching Heavens in May 2018. Photo Bita Razavi.