40 YEARS OF MUSIC: ONE CHOIR, FORTY PARTS
The Swedish Radio Choir and conductor Andrew Manze are, as the conductor himself would describe, a match made in heaven. After several highly rated collaborations, Manze will be leading the choir’s jubilee concert for Berwaldhallen’s 40th anniversary, with Thomas Tallis’s 40-part Spem in alium and Anders Hillborg’s legendary Mouyayoum, as well as Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia, the very first choral piece to be performed at Berwaldhallen. Do not miss this unique concert, which we promise will also offer a surprise or two.
The Swedish Radio Choir is like a leading mountaineer in the world of music. The choir’s former chief conductor Peter Dijkstra has described the ensemble as “the group that leaves base camp first and stakes out the course for others to follow.” Three hundred years of Swedish a cappella tradition, combined with an ambitious and culturally diverse repertoire with some of the world’s finest conductors, has established the Swedish Radio Choir as one of the foremost ensembles of its kind. The 32 professional singers are as equally at home in completely new music by today’s most exciting composers as they are in classic favourites from the rich international treasure trove. Through the Swedish Radio’s broadcasts and website the choir not only reaches concert audiences but also radio listeners everywhere.
Chief conductor of the Jeune Choeur de Paris, he started a collaboration with the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart in 2013 (including a recording of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé), and also works regularly with the Chœur de Radio-France and the Choeur Accentus since 2014, for tours, radio performances, recordings, preparations and A Cappella concerts. He collaborates with many personalities, such as Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniele Gatti, Louis Langrée, Stéphane Denève, Daniel Harding, Laurence Equilbey, L. G. Alarcon… He has also conducted the WDR Rundfunkchor in 2016. In July 2016, he has prepared both the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and the NDR Chor for Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette. In 2017, he has participate to the opening of the Seine Musical conducting the choir accentus and in 2018, he starts a collaboration with the Croatian Radio Choir. Korovitch works for many festivals: the Mozartwoche in Salzburg, Recontres Musicales d’Evian, the Festival de Radio-France in Montpellier or the festival Mozart in New York.
Approximate concert length: 2 hours (with intermission)
UPBEAT 12.30 pm: Musikrevyn, Swedish Radio P2 is in Berwaldhallen for a special program with chorus in focus. Presenter Josef Beltzikoff.