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Christmas Edition 2011

3 December at Musikaliska, Nybrokajen 11

SEMFestivalpass Christmas Edition

SEK 595
The pass is valid for all concerts (centre stalls) and the Baroque Buffet (beverage not included)

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Stockholm Early Music Festival launches its first Christmas Edition – a smaller version of the festival, adapted to the cold season and Christmas celebrations, offering early music from afternoon to midnight.

This year you can listen to the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, The Early Folk Band (Germany/Great Britain), and enjoy a simple Baroque Buffet before lying comfortably back in a cozy midnight concert. A perfect recipe for heightening the winter atmosphere!

The festival is presented at Musikaliska and in cooperation with Kööörscen Stockholm.

It’s never too cold for early music...

The programme may be subject to change.

Saturday 3 December 2011

A concert with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and instrumentalists, conducted by Fredrik Malmberg, starring composer Tomas Luis de Victoria.

The renaissance composers of the Iberian peninsula excelled at combining instrumental and vocal groups of different shapes and sizes placed around a church or concert hall. In hymns, motets and villancicos, the Virgin Mary and the newborn Christ child are celebrated through fiery rhythms, colourful chords and heavenly harmonies. It is 400 years since the death of the great Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria, and he is given a lead role in this slightly different Christmas programme.

The Eric Ericson Chamber Choir was formed in 1945 and is one of the world’s top ensembles in its genre. The choir enjoys working with orchestras and instrumental ensembles, for instance the Swedish Philharmonic Orchestra and the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, and tours abroad several times a year. The wide repertoire spans from renaissance to avantgarde.

The Eric Ericson Chamber Choir

Photo: Elisabeth Freundlich

The Early Folk Band takes you on a Christmas journey through 14th and 15th century Europe.

In no other music is the exchange between the profane and the sacred so strong and present as in songs about Christmas. The shepherds in the stable, Mary and Joseph, the newborn child and the three wise men from the east are surrounded by stories passed from generation to generation. Already in the late Middle Ages this rich oral tradition was taken up by the courtly culture, and songs, dances and ballads were preserved, in the British Isles, Scandinavia, Central Europe, Spain and Italy. The members of The Early Folk Band come from England, Germany and Sweden and are specialists in medieval, renaissance and baroque music. Here, they take on the oldest traditional music. With them they have the folk music of their respective countries, as well as a considerable experience of performance, research and exploration in the field where "traditional" and "classical" music inspire each other.

"... enchanting singing, a strong sense of rhythm, varying instruments and a superb dancer – an experience! Through their interpretation the musicians show that it is perfectly possible to merge traditional and classical music from the 14th and 15th centuries..."

Susanne Ansorg – medieval fiddle, tamburello Gesine Bänfer – Northumbrian smallpipe, gaita (galician bagpipes), whistle, hammered dulcimer, cittern, drums Ian Harrison – Northumbrian smallpipe, gaita, Gothic harp, whistle, shawm, cornetto Miriam Andersén – voice, Gothic harp, rhythm bones Steve Player – renaissance guitar, dance

The Early Folk Band

Enjoy a simple historically inspired meal in Bistro Birgit while preparing for the evening’s cozy baroque concert. How about a cheese tart from a 17th century recipe, and a glass of spiced wine?


Photo: Per Buhre, John Andresen, Markus Jenemark

What could be more cosy around midnight on a cold winter’s night than lying back comfortably to listen to some soft baroque?

SEMF Christmas Edition invites you to a concert to be enjoyed in a horizontal, reclining position. Allow yourself to be enveloped in early music by three of Sweden’s foremost baroque musicians.

Per Gross – recorder Anders Ericson – lute Nora Roll – viol