Nordic Church Music Symposium 10-13.9.2020
The registration for NKS2020 is now open.
The NKS2020 program consists of a great number of concerts and a lot of workshops. Hundreds of church musicians from the Nordic countries are expected to take part in this great event. The symposium is arranged in Helsinki with it’s magnificent Musiikkitalo as the heart of the event.
Approximately 30 concerts will present a wide spectra of the Nordic church music of today. The highlight of the symposium is the great festive concert in the concert hall at Musiikkitalo on Saturday evening the 12th of September. At this concert all the symposium participants will form a large choir and perform a couple of baroque highlights together with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. The national concerts are a strong and important tradition in the history of NKS. Iceland presents a large choir, the Dómkórinn Reykjavik, and from Norway arrives the highly skilled male choir Christiania Mannskor. Young voices represents Denmark in the Roskilde Domkirkes Pigekor and Sweden contributes with medieval music performed by Schola Gothia.
Finland’s, as the host country, presence at the symposium is of course very strong. The symposium starts with a typically finnish sound, the kantele, and the program offers a selection of the very best in finnish classical music. On the program we will find e.g. a boys choir, a lot of organ music, several choral music concerts, a new jazz mass, night music in the orthodox Uspenski Cathedral, music for meditation out at Suomenlinna, a pop up-happening on the Kansalaistori, organ marathon on the two organs in Kallio church and the whole church sings renaissance in St. Paul’s Church. In other words, a huge amount of concerts with high standard. The admission to the concerts is free, except to the festive concert at Musiikkitalo on Saturday evening. The symposium ends with a festive mass in St. John’s Church on Sunday the 13th of September, broadcasted throughout the Nordic countries.
The symposium offers a rich variety of workshops with focus on inspiration and creativity for professional musicians. A successful co-operation with the Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy has resulted in workshops with five different themes: research, choir, mixtur, organ och song. The workshops takes place in the smaller halls at the Musiikkitalo.
The research workshop focus on musical ability and musicians, on Gregorian chant and wellbeing, on ’The Hymns of My Life’ and on ’A church musician at work between profane and divine’.
The choir workshop presents the choir conducting methods at the Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy and new, nordic sacred choral music. A jam session with Merzi Rajala and at last but not least, how to get younger boys to join a choir.
The Mixtur workshop is a mixture of different subjects related to the every day work of a church musician.
The organ workshop focus on two things, organ for kids and organ as the king instrument for accompany singing.
The song workshop celebrates Juhani Haapasalo, a well known church musician in Finland, as he turns 70 and presents the singing education at the Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy.
The workshops are available only the those who have registered as participants in the symposium.
PRE and during NKS
Two very interesting concerts starts the symposium already on Wednesday the 9th of September. From Tartu in Estonia arrives the Schola Gregoriana Tartuensis together with the organist Elke Unt, they perform in Kallio church, and in Olari church in Espoo one can enjoy the performance of Sancti Amici and the vocal ensemble Frida under the direction of Minna Wesslund. On Thursday the 10th of September it is possible to join either an organ tour or a Helsinki City Tour. A large exhibition of new sheet music will be arranged in the Musiikkitalo lower foyer during the whole symposium.
Welcome to a sympathetic symposium in the beautiful Helsinki!