This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Tampere Vocal Music Festival and the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Jean Sibelius! Accordingly, we will be featuring our national composer across the board. Where else would you be able to hear rarely performed cantatas conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali or the completely forgotten version of Rakastava (The Lover) for choir and orchestra performed by the YL Male Voice Choir? Can the Latvian Radio Choir give an answer to the question of whether a foreign choir can perform Sibelius credibly? Will Ilona Korhonen transport us into a trance like Larin Paraske, Sibelius’s guide to the mystical world of runo singing? Did the young Janne ever come into contact with Orthodox liturgical singing in his childhood town of Hämeenlinna, a tradition carried forward by the Krysostomos Chamber Choir? And who will receive the prize for the best performance of a work by Sibelius in the Chorus Review?
Find the answers to these questions and more as you join us in Tampere for the celebrations!
From 31 ensembles that signed up for the competition 14 was chosen to the final. We’ll be having a very international competition this year too. Contestants are coming from Poland, Germany, Russia, Estonia, Hungary, Georgia, United Kingdom, Taiwan and Finland.