Singers from all over the world will congregate in the Finnish capital for the next edition of Let the Peoples Sing (LTPS), the Euroradio Choral Competition taking place at Helsinki’s Musiikkitalo (Music Centre) on 14-15 October 2017.
More than just a competition, LTPS has been a jubilant celebration of amateur choral singing since 1961. The 2017 edition will be a large-scale multimedia event thanks to YLE. It will be broadcast live, not only by EBU Members, but also on Finnish TV and streamed on the web. This means that chorus members will be singing to millions of listeners and viewers throughout Europe and beyond.
The 2017 LTPS Rules can be found here
The Norwegian Girls' Choir (Norway - Site)
Director: Anne Karin Sundal-Ask
Estonian Radio Children's Music Studio Girls’ Choir (Estonia)
Director: Kadri Hunt
The Musical Originals Singers (UK - Facebook)
Director: Imogen Nicholls
The groups listed above, chosen in a very competitive semi-final round on 9-10 January, sang in front of a prestigious jury, who selected the prizewinners in each category and awarded the highly coveted Silver Rose Bowl to the best overall ensemble. Jury members were:
Finland was an obvious choice to host an event like LTPS, and 2017 is a very special year since it is the centenary of the country’s independence. Indeed, LTPS was named one of the official events for the 100th anniversary.
Not only can Finland boast an impressive number of high-quality amateur choruses and a strong tradition of choral singing, the repertory of late 19th- and 20th-century choral music has been greatly enriched by the works of such famous composers as Jean Sibelius and Einojuhani Rautavaara.
The LTPS finals were the culmination of an impressive weekend of choral music.
On Saturday, 14 October, Sulasol (the Finnish Amateur Musicians’ Association) held its annual national theme day for amateur singing. This provided the occasion for a choral marathon in the Music Centre foyer featuring Finnish choruses, followed by an hour-long workshop for the LTPS finalists in the Concert Hall, streamed live on the Web.
The Gala Concert featuring Rajaton, LTPS finalists, 2015 winner Aarhus Girls' Choir and previous Finnish Silver Rose Bowl winners, is available on demand here.
The LTPS finals were broadcast live on Sunday, 15 October at 20.00 local time (EEST)/17.00 GMT.
The official programme booklet is available here.
LTPS took place in Helsinki’s architecturally stunning, 1,704-seat Musiikkitalo (Music Centre), renowned for its clear sight lines and outstanding acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, who was responsible for the acoustics at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.
It houses the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Helsinki Philharmonic as well as the Sibelius Academy. Opened in April 2011, its chief designer was the Finnish architect Marko Kivistö.
1961 Glasgow Phoenix Choir, Scotland
1962 Barrhead Philomen Singers, Scotland
1963 Orpington Junior Singers, England
1964 Redhill Madrigal Singers, England
1965 Glasgow Phoenix Choir, Scotland
1966 Orphei Drängar, Sweden
1967 Orphei Drängar, Sweden
1968 Rodna Pessen, Bulgaria
1969 Mariakören, Sweden
1970 Louis Halsey Singers, England
1971 Tapiolan Yhteiskoulun Kuoro, Finland
1972 NRK Jentekor, Norway
1973 Gara Iskar Cultural Center Chorus, Bulgaria / Ifjúsági Egyetemi Chorus, Hungary (ex aequo)
1974 ELTE Béla Bartók Chorus, Hungary
1975 NRK Girls' Choir, Norway
1976 Ontario Youth Choir, Canada
1977 Veszprém Város Vegyeskara, Hungary
1978 Franz Liszt Chamber Chorus, Hungary
1979 Exeter College Choir, England / Marktoberdorf Large Chamber Choir, FRG (ex aequo)
1980 Candomino, Tauno Satomaa, Finland / Váci Vox Humana, Hungary (ex aequo)
1981 NRK Studio Chorus, Norway
1982 Stockholm Motet Choir, Sweden
1983 Banyai Elementary School Choir, Hungary
1984 Frankfurt Chamber Chorus, FRG
1985 Bergen Cathedral Choir, Norway
1986 Gösta Ohlin Vocal Ensemble, Sweden
1987 Franz Liszt Music Academy Chamber Chorus, Weimar, FRG / Hollabrunn Chamber Chorus, Austria (ex aequo)
1988 Bergen Cathedral Choir, Norway
1989 Phoenix Chamber Choir, Canada
1990 Jubilate, Astrid Riska, Finland / Konzertchor Darmstadt, Germany (ex aequo)
1991 Balsis, Latvia Maris Kupcs and Kaspar Putnins
1992 National Youth Choir, New Zealand
1993 Universitetskoret Lille MUKO, Denmark
1995 Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Norway
1997 Det Jyske Kammerkor, Denmark
1999 Embla, Norway
2001 Latvian Music Academy Chorus, Latvia
2003 Pro Musica, Hungary
2005 Tallinn Music H.S. Children's Chorus, Estonia
2007 Schola Cantorum, Norway
2009 Zupancic Classical Diocesan H.S. Girls’ Choir, Slovenia
2011 Swedish Chamber Choir, Sweden
2013 Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió de Granollers, Spain
2015 Aarhus Pigekor, Denmark
2017 Collegium Musicale, Estonia
FOR A BRIEF HISTORY OF LTPS, go here.