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SEMF 2013

XII Stockholm Early Music Festival
4 – 9 June 2013 in the Old Town

Flyer 2012Download the SEMF 2013
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The programme may be subject to change.

Saturday 1 June 2013

Renaissance music with the recorder ensemble Flauto Alba in the shopping centre Skrapan, Medborgarplatsen.

During the weekend before SEMF, early music can turn up anywhere! Let SEMFaround warm up your early music muscles.



Renaissance music with the recorder ensemble Flauto Alba in the shopping centre at Liljeholmstorget, Liljeholmen.

During the weekend before SEMF, early music can turn up anywhere! Let SEMFaround warm up your early music muscles.

Sunday 2 June 2013

A musical meeting with Ida Meidell Blylod, baroque violin, in the shopping centre Sickla köpkvarter, Sickla.

During the weekend before SEMF, early music can turn up anywhere! Let SEMFaround warm up your early music muscles.

Tuesday 4 June 2013

The Swedish Early Music Society organises its successful early music day for the third time. All are welcome to meet with friends, family and neighbours around a smorgasbord of historical music. Singers, instrumentalists and dancers from both new and established ensembles will each perform a short programme.

Come and go as you please, or settle in for the whole afternoon! Refreshments are available. Admission free!

The day is rounded off with a jam session. Bring your instrument or voice and join in!

12:00 - 16:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Photo: Johan Westin

19:30The German Church

Photo: Denis Rouve

Europe’s most celebrated early music ensemble returns to Sweden after several decades! Follow Les Arts Florissants into the dramatic musical world of Claudio Monteverdi. An ”account of Monteverdi madrigals as stirring as it is delightful” – a performance ”immaculately assured, yet … so spontaneous” (The Telegraph, The Guardian).

20:00The German Church
Tuesday 4 June 2013 - Sunday 9 June 2013

The SEMFestivalpass gives you entrance to Stockholm Early Music Festival 2013. The pass is valid in the A section of the German Church and in the stalls in the Finnish Church. The pass is connected to a numbered seat in the German Church. When purchasing on the Internet, please collect your pass in the festival ticket office by showing your printed online ticket. If you book your pass through the festival phone, you will receive information about payment and collection when you book. Telephone hours and number can be found in the information above. 

Please note that the pass is valid for all events except the Early Late Night Concert.

The SEMFestivalpass 2013 is now sold out!

Wednesday 5 June 2013

Photo: (c) Torbjörn Lillieqvist

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE Not open to the public

11:00The Royal Armoury

Photo: (c) Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan

World class world music. Based on ancient systems of melody and rhytm, Indian classical music is at the same time created in the here and now through spontaneous improvisation influenced by season, atmosphere, the audience, and the mood of the artist. A concert certain to be unique, in memory of the Indian music icon Ravi Shankar.

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, sitar Atulkumar Upadhye, violin Mukesh Jadhav, tabla Jari Palmeri, tanpura  

20:00The German Church
Thursday 6 June 2013

Photo: (c) Torbjörn Lillieqvist


Can music sound like water? Can a cello be angry? And can you really play music on toy instruments?

The secretive Toy Symphony is playfully performed by Drottningholms Barockensemble together with actor Torbjörn Lillieqvist. A performance for the whole family! In Swedish. Suitable for children from the age of 6.

Tickets are only available at the door.

11:00The Royal Armoury

Photo: (c) Lilla Akademien


Lilla Akademien

Meet a new generation of young musicians.

Free admission!

12:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Photo: Lorenzo Franzi

Renaissance polyphony performed by ships’ horns? Marco Mencoboni, conductor and artistic director of the Cantar Lontano festival in Ancona, Italy, talks about his work with presenting early music in unexpected ways and places.

In English.

14:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Photo: (c) Mandel Quartet

Hurdy-gurdy, recorders, renaissance guitar, and viol lead the audience on a rhythmical journey from stately castles to village cottages. Robert Mandel, with thirty years of musical experience, presents the festival's first programme of Hungarian early music. 

18:00The Finnish Church

Photo: Bo Ljungblom

The Orchestra of Drottningholm, the court theatre’s own orchestra, perform outside the theatre for the very first time. Highlights from Cimarosa’s comic opera ”Il matrimonio segreto” (”Secret Marriage”) is on the programme together with instrumental music by W. A. Mozart. One of the most modern programmes in the history of SEMF.

Please note that the concert is without interval.

21:00The German Church
Friday 7 June 2013

Photo: Dario Acost

The singers of Anonymous 4 talk about their experience of interpreting medival vocal repertoire. Where and how to begin? And what about singing styles? Join this interactive seminar/workshop!

14:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Photo: (c) Artemandoline

A seldom heard string instrument in the spotlight! Artemandoline opens the lid of a treasure chest of known and unknown historical mandolin music.

18:00The Finnish Church

Photo: Dario Acost

Anonymous 4, celebrating their 25th anniversary, will perform with three singers this evening. The programme brings together church music and traditional music, the spiritual and the secular, 13th century France and 19th century America. A selection of songs in praise of the Virgin Mary, songs of courtly love, and traditional revival- and gospel songs from the ensemble's critically acclaimed concert programmes and recordings.


20:30The German Church
Saturday 8 June 2013

Photo: (c) Torbjörn Lillieqvist


See 6 June!

Tickets are only available at the door.

11:00The Royal Armoury

Photo: Stina Gullander

A lunch concert serving music written to be enjoyed with food. Live music is mixed with recorded examples. Lunch sandwich with coffee or tea is included in your ticket!

12:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Photo: (c) Töres Theorell

Töres Theorell, professor emeritus at the Karolinska Institute and scientific consultant at Stockholm University’s Stress Research Institute, throws light on how music affects our bodies and brains. In what way could early music be good for your health? Could it even be more beneficial than other music?

In Swedish.


14:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Photo: Susanna Drescher

Six young, award-winning musicians interpret the music of Jewish Renaissance composer Salomone Rossi, shedding light on his multifaceted work as court composer and renewer of the devotional music of the synagogue. Rossi (c. 1570-c. 1630) composed secular madrigals as well as polyphonic settings of Hebrew psalms and prayers. A rare musical experience!

18:30The Finnish Church

Photo: Marco Borggreve

The internationally renowned Freiburger Baroque Orchestra, celebrating their 25th anniversary, perform brilliant high baroque by the master J. S. Bach. The violin concerto in a minor, the double concerto in d minor, and the concerto for oboe and violin in d minor are on the programme. Don’t miss this opportunity of hearing one of Europe’s top baroque orchstras on a rare visit to Sweden!

20:30The German Church

Photo: (c) Susanne Rydén

Enjoy the fantastic four-part songs of 450-year-old John Dowland, mixed in this poetic programme with solo pieces for lute, letters and texts from 17th century England. EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT allows you to lean comfortably back on a mattress and listen to early music horizontally, by candlelight.

22:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Sunday 9 June 2013

Experience a Sunday service with historical music in the beautiful German Church.

11:00The German Church

Photo: Stina Gullander

Back at last! Experience an exclusive live version of the popular Swedish radio programme ”Always on a Sunday”. Vassilis Bolonassos chooses old and new favourites from his 35 years behind the microphone. The programme ends with a musical quiz.

In Swedish.

13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

For the first time, SEMF has the pleasure of including an exhibition of historical instruments in the festival programme. Three Swedish instrument makers/distributors display their treasures.

Ragnar Arvidsson, recorder maker Andrew Brown, instrument maker specialised in bowed instruments and Fredmans Musik

Mäster Olofsgården, Svartmangatan 6 Admission free

14:00 - 18:00

Photo: Erik Ask-Upmark

Photo: ©Santiago Avellaneda

Baroque music from Ecuador is not something you hear everyday. The pieces for choir from the 1680's found in a convent in Ibarra are quite a sensation. Ensemble Villancico presented this world premiere in 2010.

The combination of colourful, rhythmical early Latin American music and dance repertoire with a vocal/instrumental ensemble trained in the Swedish tradition has led Ensemble Villancico to a a world-wide reputation and a leading position in the genre.  

The concert is opened with a pre-Colombian Inca ritual, presented by the Ecuadorian musicians and artist Santiago Avellaneda, together with musicians performing on traditional instruments from the Andes.

Please note that the concert is without interval.

18:30The German Church