About

Singers from all over the world congregated in the Finnish capital for the Finals of Let the Peoples Sing (LTPS), the Euroradio Choral Competition which took place at Helsinki’s Musiikkitalo (Music Centre) on 15 October 2017. It was preceded by a Gala Concert on 14 October.

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More than just a competition, LTPS has been a jubilant celebration of amateur choral singing since 1961. The 2017 edition was a large-scale multimedia event thanks to YLE, the Finnish public broadcaster. It was broadcast live, not only by EBU radio organizations, but also on Finnish TV and streamed on the web. This means that chorus members sang to millions of listeners and viewers throughout Europe and beyond.

Watch the Finals and clips from the show, on demand.

Watch the Gala Concert on demand.

The official programme booklet is available here.

Contacts

EBU
Virginie Robineau
ltps@ebu.ch
EBU Music on Facebook

YLE
Hannele Eklund
ext-hannele.eklund@yle.fi

Host broadcaster

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2017 Participants

Children and Youth

Winner: Vaskivuori Upper Secondary School Chamber Choir (Finland)
Director: Jonna Vehmanen

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

 

Let the Peoples Sing: 2017 Trailer

 

 

 

Open

Winner: Slavonic Tractor (Finland - SiteFacebook)

Adult

Winner: Collegium Musicale (Chamber choir, Estonia - SiteFacebook)
Director: Endrik Üksvärav

Copenhagen Young Voices (Det Unge Vokalensemble, Denmark - SiteFacebook)
Director: Poul Emborg

Voices of Hope (UK - SiteFacebook)
Director: Simon Fidler

Silver Rose Bowl Winner

Collegium Musicale (Chamber choir, Estonia - SiteFacebook)
Director: Endrik Üksvärav

 

Jury

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:

  • Bob Chilcott
  • Bent Grønholdt (Chairman, Denmarks Radio)
  • Sigvards Kļava
  • Brian Newhouse (American Public Media)
  • Àlex Robles Fitó (Catalunya Ràdio)
  • Grit Schulze (Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk)
  • Inari Tilli (YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company)

Programme

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.

14 October: Choral Marathon and Gala Concert

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.

15 October: Finals 

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.

 

Partner

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Venue

Helsinki’s Musiikkitalo
(Music Centre)

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.

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Past winners and history

1960s

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 

1970s

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)

 

1980s

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 

1990s

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 

 

Since 2000

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.