Thu 10 Nov 2016 7.00 pm

St Thomas’ Church, Helsinki


Report, Taxidermic Peter, Kullervo Clusters

MAURICIO SOTELO: Como llora el agua

Petri Kumela, guitar

Heikki Parviainen, percussion

Helsingin kamarikuoro

Nils Schweckendiek, conductor


Perttu Haapanen (1972) is one of the leading Finnish composers of his generation. Vocal music forms a large part of his output and he is particularly interested in exploiting the transformational possibilities of his chosen texts. At this short concert the Helsinki Chamber Choir presents three of his most recent works, from 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Free admission, programme 10€


In collaboration with: The Parish of Meilahti



Fri 23 Sep 2016 7.00 pm

St Thomas’ Church, Helsinki


12 kvartettoa psalmien teksteihin (first performance)


Psalm Quartet

Varvara Merras-Häyrynen, sopraano

Elisabet Petsalo, altto

Heikki Hattunen, tenori

Sampo Haapaniemi, baritoni


Leonid Bashmakov (born 1927) is one of the foremost Finnish composers of his generation. Over the two decades since his retirement, he has composed a wealth of new Orthodox choral music and helped strengthen the vocal traditions of the Finnish Orthodox community. The twelve quartets on psalm texts, now receiving their first performance, were written in 2010–11 and intended to be sung by four solo voices. Bashmakov was inspired to write this work upon hearing the vocal-ensemble competition at the Orthodox Church Days in Joensuu. The work is very demanding, intended for professional singers, and comprises settings of verses from the Psalms chosen by the composer himself. Born in Terijoki, Bashmakov’s musical career has been concentrated in Tampere where he has worked as rector of the Tampere Conservatory, as a conductor and a composer. His extensive catalogue of works includes symphonies, concertos, chamber music and vocal music.


Free admission, programme 10€


In collaboration with: The Parish of Meilahti



Thu 17 Nov 2016 7.00 pm

St Thomas’ Church, Helsinki


G. F. HÄNDEL: Süsser Blumen, Ambraflocken

TOIVO KUULA: Yö nummella op. 24 nro 4

CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Nuit d’etoiles

TOIVO KUULA: Purjein kuutamolla op.31a nro 1

EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA: I min älsklings trädgård

MAURICE RAVEL: Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG: osia teoksesta Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten

G. F. HÄNDEL: Flammende Rose, Zierde der Erden


Sirkku Rintamäki, soprano

Anna Pohjola, baroque violin

Antti Vahtola, piano

Julia Tamminen, harpsichord

As autumn draws to an end and winter begins in earnest, we will linger for a moment on a garden path with a concert including “I min älsklings trädgård”, a setting by Helsinki Chamber Choir’s honorary member Einojuhani Rautavaara of the poetry of Edith Södergran, as well as music by Kuula, Debussy, Ravel, Händel and Schönberg. Between the songs we will hear readings of poems on themes that illuminate the music. We wish you a warm welcome!


Soprano Sirkku Rintamäki is a versatile musician and will be familiar to audiences from HKK’s frst alto section. She is currently completing an artistic graduate degree in church music at the DocMus Department of the Sibelius Academy, as part of which she is also preparing a diploma recital as a singer.


Free admission, programme 10€


In collaboration with: The Parish of Meilahti