The Swedish Radio Choir - A choir to love!
With its 32 professional singers, the Swedish Radio Choir forms an instrument with a range from the most delicate a cappella tones to oratorios of enormous power and versatility. Every individual is allowed his or her place in the group, resulting in an exclusive expressiveness – the Swedish Radio Choir’s unique sound.
The repertoire is richly varied and covers many genres – a generous mixture of early and modern music and almost everything in between. In addition to concerts with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and their own a cappella concerts, the Swedish Radio Choir has been engaged by orchestra conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, Herbert Blomstedt and Daniel Harding.
The Swedish Radio Choir also makes a strong mark on the musical life of Stockholm and Sweden as a whole through broadcasts on the Swedish Radio. This season’s highlights will include a number of featured events, such as a Pärt festival and a tour of Sweden, as well as tours to Italy, London and Finland.
The Swedish Radio Choir’s renown has also spread further afield through its internationally highly-rated recordings – the most recent being Nordic Sounds 1 & 2, Poulenc’s Figure Humaine and this season’s release of Brahms’ sacred choral music. In the established British magazine The Gramophone, the Swedish Radio Choir was described in the following terms:
“For all its discipline, its clarity of attack, its gently feathered phrase endings and its occasional bursts of terrifying power…there is no mistaking its sound: warm, sweet, balanced and, most importantly, flawless without sterility or hollow perfection…an ensemble of people singing gloriously. They are an easy chorus to love.”
Their international success was also acknowledged by the Swedish government in 2011 when the choir was awarded a special honorary prize for their extraordinary achievement in promoting and spreading Swedish music with the following citation: “Many a Swedish choir has harvested international success over the years but few have placed Swedish choral music on the map as has the Radio Choir for more than half a century.”
The Swedish Radio Choir, which is one of the world’s most respected a cappella ensembles, was founded in 1925, but it was not until 25 years later (1952), under the leadership of their new principal conductor Eric Ericson, that the choir began to develop into the flexible instrument that it has now become. And every principal conductor after him has also contributed to the character of the choir, adding new colour and accomplishments. The present principal conductor, since the autumn of 2007, is Peter Dijkstra.