Helsingborgs Körfestival

My, my, how can I resist you?

Swedish Choral Festival returns with prominent participants

Just like ABBA enters the stage again this year, so does the Helsingborgs Körfestival 2018. In 2004 the first edition of the premiered in the city located in the Öresund region. Now the event comes alive again for a revival of the vibrant choral get-together - fittingly in the city whose name could be an international translation for “The whole city sings!” (as Hel = Swedish for whole, Sing = English, Borg = Icelandic for city).

This multilingual translation also reflects in the composition of the participants: 20 choirs from 9 nations will overwhelm their audience with unique performances there and also put their musical skills to the test. Additionally the famous VOCES8 a cappella group from Great Britain, the Swedish male a cappella sextet Vocal Six and the Swedish female vocal group Ayla will give concerts and hold workshops.

Helsingborgs Körfestival starts on Wednesday, May 9, with the traditional Opening Concert at 7:30 pm at the Stadsteatern. On May 10th, the first competition for Children’s Choirs starts at 11am at the Dunkers Kulturhus, followed by the "Helsingborg Sings" – Workshop at 1:30 pm at the Konserthus and the subsequent "Helsingborg Sings" Concert at 3 pm. In the evening choral enthusiasts have to decide between the Church Concert of VOCES8 at 6pm at the Sankta Maria Kyrka or the Popular Choral Music & Jazz competition at the Dunkers Kulturhus at 6:30 pm. This first competition day ends on a high note with the Concert of Vocal Six & Ayla at 8pm at the Konserthus.

Friday, May 11, starts with competitions in the categories Children’s and Youth Choirs and Folklore at 10:30 am at the Konserthus and is continued at 2:30 pm with Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles and at 6:30 pm at the Sankta Maria Kyrka Sacred Choral Music ensembles will perform. VOCES8 will play the final notes on this day with a thrilling pop concert at 8pm at the Konserthus.

The final event day on Saturday, May 12 features workshops for adults and children with VOCES8 at 10am and 2pm at Dunkers Kulturhus. At 10am at the Konserthus the last competition in category A (Mixed Choirs, Male Choirs, Female Choirs) will take place; the emotional grand finale begins at 5pm at the Konserthus with the Awards Ceremony and ends with the Closing Concert at 7:30pm.

Entrance for competitions and Friendship Concerits is free. Tickets the Opening Event in the Stadsteater, the Voces8 and Vocal Six concerts as well as the Helsingborg Sings event are available here.

During the event Friendship Concerts and further events will take place at different venues throughout Helsingborg. For more details check here and follow the event on Facebook and instagram.