The composer Hugo Alfvén is strongly associated with Swedish choral music, and from 1910 to 1947 conducted the male-voice choir Orphei Drängar. His songs and choral works are very much alive, and as part of Alfvén’s 150th anniversary the Swedish Radio Choir and choirs from all over Sweden will pay tribute to his achievements in a sing-along concert featuring new arrangements of his music, under the direction of Prof. Cecilia Rydinger.

The concert will be broadcast live on Berwaldhallen Play.




For more than 90 years, the Swedish Radio Choir has contributed to the development of the Swedish a cappella tradition. Under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson, the choir earned great international renown. It is still hailed as one of the best choirs in the world. The choir members’ ability to switch between powerful solo performances and seamlessly integrating themselves in the ensemble creates a unique and dynamic instrument praised by critics and music lovers alike, as well as by the many guest conductors who explore and challenge the choir’s possibilities.

Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Choir since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the seated audience, the choir reaches millions of listeners on the radio and the web through Klassiska konserten i P2. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top choirs.

With the 2020–2021 season, Kaspars Putniņš begins his tenure as the tenth Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir. Since January 2019, Marc Korovitch is the choirmaster of the Swedish Radio Choir with responsibility for the ensemble’s continued artistic development. Two of the orchestra’s former Music Directors, Tõnu Kaljuste and Peter Dijkstra, were appointed Conductors Laureate in November 2019. Both maintain a close relationship with the choir and make regular guest appearances.

The Swedish Radio Choir was founded the same year as the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and the choir had its first concert in May 1925. Right from the start, the choir had high ambitions with a conscious aim to perform contemporary music.


Approximate timings

1. Hugo Alfvén: Uti vår hage (All)
2. Ulrika Emanuelsson: Midsommarvaka ”Johansson” (nytt verk efter Alfvén, separat utgåva) (All)
3. Hugo Alfvén: Papillon (Swedish Radio Choir)
4. Hugo Alfvén: Stemning (danska) (All)
5. Hugo Alfvén: Julsång (All)
6. Hugo Alfvén: Julhymn (All)
7. Hugo Alfvén: Psalm (All)
8. Hugo Alfvén: Tjuv och tjuv det ska du heta (All)
9. Karin Rehnqvist: Tjuv och tjuv – VADÅ, JAG??? Ett minidrama (nytt verk efter Alfvén) (Swedish Radio Choir)
10. Hugo Alfvén: Gryning vid havet (TTBB) (All)
11. Hugo Alfvén: Limu, limu lima – Vallvisa från Älvdalen (All)
12. Anna-Karin Klockar: Limu, limu, lima (nytt verk efter Alfvén) (All)
13. Robert Sund: Anders han var en hurtiger dräng (nytt verk efter Alfvén) (All)
14. Hugo Alfvén: Aftonen (All)
15. Staffan Storm: Evening Reflections (nytt verk efter Alfvén) (Swedish Radio Choir)
16. Hugo Alfvén arr: Glädjens blomster (All)
17. Hugo Alfvén arr: Och jungfrun hon går i ringen (All)