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Swedish Radio Choir (Radiokören), The

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is recognized as a versatile orchestra with an exciting and varied repertoire and the ambition to break new ground. Its performances and recordings in collaboration with renowned composers, conductors and soloists have been rewarded with numerous prizes and accolades. The orchestra’s home is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall, from where it reaches a wide audience on the radio and the web. Several concerts are also televised and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play. Daniel Harding has been the orchestra’s music director since 2007, the latest in a line of distinguished conductors that includes Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen. The Baltic Sea Festival, held in Berwaldhallen, has become one of Northern Europe’s major and indispensable festivals. The combination of classical music, the idea of fostering community spirit among the Baltic countries and the focus on the environmentally sensitive Baltic Sea has evoked a widespread response. Emerging had its world première at the 2018 edition of the festival.

For more than 90 years, the Swedish Radio Choir has contributed to the development of the Swedish a cappella tradition. The choir members’ ability to seamlessly alternate between powerful solo performances and complete integration into the ensemble makes it a dynamic instrument praised by critics, music lovers and conductors across the world. The choir had its first concert in May 1925. Under the direction of Eric Ericson, the choir earned great international renown, leading to international tours and lasting collaborations with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker. In 2020, Kaspars Putniņš took up the position as the choir’s chief conductor, the tenth since the formation of the ensemble. Tõnu Kaljuste and Peter Dijkstra, two of his predecessors, were appointed conductors laureate in 2019.


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