The Nordic Choir Expedition 2016:
Tenso Days Helsinki

Leading chamber choirs from Sweden, Norway and Denmark visit Helsinki in August to perform at the Tenso Days festival hosted by the Helsinki Chamber Choir. They will present five concerts during the Nordic Choir Expedition 2016 at the House of Nobility (Ritarihuone) between 26th and 28th August. The participating choirs are Eric Ericsons Kammarkör, Det Norske Solistkor, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Tenso Europe Chamber Choir (made up of young professionals) and the Helsinki Chamber Choir. During the festival there will also be workshops for composers, conductors and choral singers as well as panel discussions and repertoire presentations. The concerts will be conducted by the legendary Paul Hillier (two concerts), Grete Pedersen, Florian Benfer and Nils Schweckendiek.

Tenso Days festivals have been organised all around Europe by Tenso, the network of European professional choirs, since 2005. This will be the first Tenso Days festival in Finland. All 19 members of Tenso (representing 15 different countries) are professional choirs. The Helsinki Chamber Choir is the only Finnish member of the network. During 2016, Tenso Days will be organised in Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Mechelen (Belgium) in addition to Helsinki.


Fri 26 August 2016
7.00 pm Tenso Europe Chamber Choir, cond. Paul Hillier

Sat 27 August 2016
4.00 pm Ars Nova Copenhagen, cond. Paul Hillier
8.00 pm Eric Ericsons Kammarkör, cond. Florian Benfer

Sun 28 August 2016
3.00 pm Det Norske Solistkor, cond. Grete Pedersen
7.00 pm Helsingin kamarikuoro, cond. Nils Schweckendiek

All concerts will take place at the House of Nobility (Ritarihuone). Tickets are on sale now!

As part of the collaboration entitled The Nordic Choir Expedition 2016, the Helsinki Chamber Choir will also perform in Oslo (20th August), Stockholm (22nd October) and Copenhagen (23rd October). The Tenso Days Helsinki festival and The Nordic Choir Expedition 2016 have been generously supported by the Nordic Cultural Foundation, Nordic Culture Point, the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Culture Programme of the European Union, City of Helsinki Cultural Office and the Finnish-Swedish, Finnish-Norwegian and Finnish-Danish Cultural Foundation. Some of the events are produced in collaboration with the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki.

Further information about Tenso:

The 23-strong Finnish chorus was an unbeatable exponent of this piece [Rautavaara's Vigilia], showing not only their technical discipline but also a breathtaking range of sonorities.
Rian Evans,
The Guardian, London