Helsinki Music Centre Chorus – HMCC
Founded in autumn 2011 on the initiative of Hannu Lintu, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and John Stårgords, the Helsinki Music Centre Chorus, which is comprised of about 100 singers, can be regrouped as a male, female or chamber choir as needed. It works in close partnership with the main Helsinki Music Centre residents: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sibelius Academy.
Composer Tapani Länsiö, who had been the Artistic Director of the choir since 2012, passed the baton to new artistic director Nils Schweckendiek and choral master Jani Sivén on January 14, 2017.
The chorus made its debut in 2012, in a performance by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem. Its first year culminated in a performance conducted by Leif Segerstam of Beethoven’s ninth, Ode to Joy symphony with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
The HMCC repertoire, planned jointly by the main Helsinki Music Centre occupants, consists primarly of symphonic choral and orchestral works and unaccompanied music for large choir, not forgetting contemporary music. Each year the Chorus gives a concert at the Helsinki Music Centre of unaccompanied hymns on the evening of All Saints Day.
The Chorus appears in concert from eight to ten times a year, mainly at the Helsinki Music Centre but also at other venues, such as festivals. The members of the chorus are amateurs with a passion for singing.