Oratoriekören i Helsingfors (Helsinki Oratorio Choir) will celebrate its 100th anniversary jubilee in 2020. The theme “100 celebrate 100” will bring together 100 singers to form a choir for our 100th birthday!
We will be celebrating throughout the whole year. 2020 will see us celebrate with two major concerts including performances by a smaller ensemble, OK Chamber. In addition to the jubilee choir, we invite all those interested to celebrate together with the current members of the choir in one or both of our sing-along events.
Spring 2020 will see us perform Sir Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers (2011); a visceral piece which will touch all, performers and audience alike. This concert also unveils the new joint project between the choir and the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra, culminating in concerts in Turku and Helsinki.
OK Chamber – for those who have time for even more choir singing – will also have its first rehearsals in spring 2020. The ensemble will work together when the oratorio choir is not rehearsing, and will be strictly project-oriented. It will be open to all, even those who have not already been a part of the oratorio choir. The group will be rehearsed and conducted by Håkan Wikman, and feature a repertoire focusing on new and contemporary chamber choir pieces by internationally renowned composers.
A 100 year jubilee celebration also needs a jubilee choir! We will be inviting choristers who have been involved with the oratorio choir in one form or another to join us again. With a concert in June 2020, the jubilee choir will see singers past and present perform under the batons of former conductors, and enjoy a selection of the popular masterpieces that the oratorio choir has had the pleasure to perform over the years.
For those who are interested in experiencing what it is like to sing oratorio music in a large choir, we will be organising two opportunities to come and find out. Come along and sing some of the best bits of our broad oratorio repertoire with the current members of the choir. These sing-along events will take place in August and November 2020 and all are welcome!
Our year of celebration will culminate in a grand celebratory concert in the Helsinki Music Centre, where the theme for the whole jubilee year “100 celebrate 100” will come alive as the 100 singers of the oratorio choir perform a brand new Christmas oratorio. This specially commissioned piece is the work of an internationally renowned young composer – who will remain a secret for now… We look forward to celebrating with you in 2020!
11.-12.1 Choir weekend away I
15.3 OK Chamber first rehearsal
21.-22.3 Choir weekend away II
16.4 Concert in Turku Cathedral
18.4 Concert in Temppeliaukio church
May OK Chamber rehearsals
2.6 Jubilee choir rehearsal
5.6 Jubilee choir and OK Chamber joint concert in Temppeliaukio church
18.8 Kick-off & Sing-along session in Temppeliaukio church
29.-30.8 Choir weekend away III
3.11 Sing-along session in Temppeliaukio church
November - Choir weekend away IV in Estonia
20.12 Jubilee concert in Helsinki Music Centre