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Swedish Radio Choir

The choir was founded in 1925, but it was only in 1952 that the newly appointed Musical Director Eric Ericson set about moulding it into the flexible choral instrument that it still remains today. Ericson made the Choir into an instrument capable of performing advanced choral repertoire that had been gathering dust until then—works by such composers as Richard Strauss and Max Reger as well as music of own day. Arthur Honegger came to Sweden and heard his own choral music sung for the first time the way he had imagined it. On returning home he began spreading the word about this Choir that could sing practically anything. the Eric Ericson sound became a legend.

Each new Music Director since Ericson has impressed his individual stamp on the choir and brought it new colours and skills. Anders Öhrwall shared his specialist understanding of the music of the Baroque. Gustaf Sjökvist premièred works by Sven-david Sandström, tomas Jennefelt and Hans Gefors. Tõnu Kaljuste brought new repertoire from Eastern Europe including such composers as Arvo Pärt and Alfred Schnittke, while Stefan Parkman presented a series comprising all of Bach’s major works. today the Choir is led by musical director Peter dijkstra, winner of Eric Ericson Award a.o.t.

Ever since its first sensational tours to Berlin, Venice and elsewhere in the 1960s, the Swedish radio choir has carried on a rich and varied programme of international activities. It is regularly invited to participate in international festivals and concerts.

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