Take a break from the stress and excitement during the last days before Christmas together with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir and conductor Simon Crawford-Phillips. From Ēriks Ešenvald’s beautiful Stars and Korngolds ballet Snowman to the jubilant opening of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio through hits like Let It Snow! and It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, a colorful musical buffet is featured for all tastes.
The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra serves as a symphony orchestra for the whole of Sweden. Regardless of where you live you can listen to the orchestra’s concerts through the Swedish Radio’s broadcasts or on their website, and several concerts are also shown on Swedish Television. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the best and most versatile orchestras in Europe – perhaps even in the world. Every year they perform well-loved works from the classical repertoire as well as new music by exciting contemporary composers such as Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Magnus Lindberg and Unsuk Chin. In addition they perform music from popular films and computer and video games and collaborate with leading jazz, pop and rock artists in a constant endeavour to develop and to break new ground.
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.
The chief conductor and artistic director of Västerås Sinfonietta, Simon Crawford-Phillips, is also a piano soloist and chamber musician. He made his debut as a conductor in 2013 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and has since led ensembles such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Dalasinfoniettan and Musica Vitae. As a pianist, he has played with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Colin Currie and Anne Sofie von Otter, among others. He has performed with the Kungsbacka Piano Trio at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the BBC Proms and at international festivals. Crawford-Phillips is a guest lecturer at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg and at the Royal Academy of Music in London.