History

1989

Halmstad's Vocal Ensemble is formed

Halmstad's Vocal Ensemble is formed in September. The first concerts is hold as early as November in Snöstorp's and Skrea churches with Lars-Erik Larsson's "Missa Brevis" on the agenda among others.

Concerts

Concerts with music for choir and organ by Benjamin Britten.

1990
1991

Concert with the spirit of Mozart and recording of CD

Mozart concerts in Snöstorp and Landskrona with "Vesperae solennes de confessore” with solo performances by members of the choir. Recording of "Sagrada Familia" for Isildurs Banes CD "The Voyage". Christmas concert with Johan Stengård.

"Tones of love" and tour to The Baltics

"Tones of love" with folksinger Jan-Olof Andersson in Immanuel's church. Musical tour to The Baltics with concerts in Tallinn, Rapla and Riga (Wagner Halle and the catherdral). Concert with Olle Adolphson at Halmstad's theatre. Concert with Eva Bartholdsson and Lars-Åke Svensson at Immanuel's church.

1992
1993

The Passion of John for the first time

The Passion of John in Snöstorp for the first time. Hasse & Tages "Spader, Madame" at Halmstad's theatre performed together with Stefan Ljungqvist and Music in Halland. Weekend tour to Skåne.

Tour to the Czech Republic

Tour to the Czech Republic. Duke Ellington-concert together with Halmstads Storband.

1994
1995

Recording of christmas album

Recorded "Julsång från Knäred" to the album "Jul i Halland". "A joyful evening in two acts", a successful concert in Immanuel's chruch. Haydns Skapelsen together with Snöstorp's church choir. Songs from "Spader Madame" at the castle courtyard in Halmstad to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Halland.

Cultural scholarship and summer tour

John Rutters Magnificat together with Snöstorp's church choir. Summer tour to Gotland filled with church concerts. Halmstads Vocal Ensemble receives Hallands culture scholarship. "World Wide" at Immanuel's Church, around an hour and a half of global music with choir and jazz group.

1996
1997

Choir contest

The Passion of John in Snöstorp's church. Summer tour in Småland with church concerts. Participation in Hallands division of the competition "Toner för miljoner". Göran wins first price with both Snöstorps's Youth Choir and its Girls Choir, but strikes out with the Vocal Ensemble due to a disappointing performance of "Wade in the Water". "Poulencs Gloria" on the other hand was a great success!

Tour to Great Britain and prices

The Passion of John at Snöstorp's church. Tour to England and Wales, with church concerts and participation in a competition in Llangollen. The choir is awarded second place in the chamber choir division. John Rutters Requiem together with Snöstorp's church choir.

1998
1999

Halmstad's Vocal Ensemble 10 years!

The year starts off with an anniversary concert in Martin Luther's church. The Passion of John in Snöstorp's church. Haydns Theresienmesse together with Snöstorp's church choir. A big anniversary concert in Immanuel's church with high lights from the choir's history, acompanied with local jazz musicians.

Sharing of culture

The Passion of John at Snöstorp's church. Sharing of Culture with Hallands friend region Warmia-Mazuria in Poland: tour with choir festival in Olsztyn and several concerts. Original performance of Hallands oratorio "Ängeln och trädet" by Stefan Petzén and Stefan Wikrén, accompanied by Ars Cantus from Falkenberg, orchestra and soloists.

2000
2001

Collaboration with the Polish choir Medici pro Musica

The Passion of John in Snöstorp's church. Vesperae solennes de confessore by Mozart together with Snöstorp's church choir. "Musikalisk happening" with soprano sax player Anders Paulsson during Halmstad's music weeks. "Polska om våren", a concert together with the Polish choir Medici pro Musica from Olsztyn, a part of the sharing of culture between the two friend regions, Halland and Warmia-Mazuria in Poland. Weekend tour to Skåne with church concerts. Missa Sancti Nicolai by J Haydn in S:t Nikolai church.

Host for the choir festivity Toner för miljoner

The Passion of John in Snöstorp's church. Rutters ”Magnificat" together with Snöstorp's church choir. Halmstad's Vocal Ensemble hosts Toner for Millions' choir festivity in Halmstad. Guest artist: Stefan Ljungqvist. "Körmystik" at the Culture Night in Halmstad with music by, among others, Mellnäs and Messiaen. "En svensk körkonsert" in Snöstorps church with music by Hans-Ola Ericsson, Bengt Hallberg, Nils Lindberg, among others.

2002
2003

Weekend tour to Denmark and summer tour

Pergolesis "Stabat Mater" (women's choir). "Waisenhausmesse" by Mozart together with Snöstorp's church choir. Weekend tour to Denmark with church concerts. Summer tour to Österlen with church concerts. Premiere of "Sjösång" by Lars Åke Snus Svensson and Peter Brem together with jazz group and Ginestrakvartetten. Premiere of "Nu lättar mitt gröna moln" by Håkan Brandqvist in collaboration with the Ginestrakvartettens anniversary concert. "Gladelig, sjunge vi" by Gunnar Hahn performed with Halmstad Chamber Orchestra.

Choir festival and Christmas concert

Parts of Händel's Messiah in Snöstorp's church on Good Friday and in October. Concert with soprano saxophonist Anders Paulsson in Snöstorp's church. Summer tour to Bohuslän, with concerts in Strömstad, Tossene, Lysekil and Stenkyrka. Halmstad's Vocal Ensemble begins Österlen's Choir Festival with a concert in Tommarp's church. Concert together with the Ginestrakvartetten in Harplinge church. Christmas concert in Martin Luther's church for the first time.

2004
2005

Helping the victims of the tsunami through music

"Källor av liv" by Margaret Rizza in St. Nikolai Church, concert to help the victims of the tsunami. "Duo & Choir" - jazz concert with Per Thornberg (ts) and Lars Åke Snus Svensson (pi) in Snöstorp's church. The creation of Joseph Haydn together with Snöstorp's church choir in Snöstorps church. Halmstad's Vocal Ensemble participates as one of twelve invited choirs from around the world in the Choir Festival in Rottenburg am Neckar. Recording and release of the Christmas album "A babe is born". Christmas concerts in Martin Luther's church and in Torup's church.

Several concerts

"Födelsedagskonsert för Wolfgang Amadeus" in Snöstorps church together with the soloists Ann Johansson - soprano and Christoph Liabäck - clarinet, and orchestra. "I den härliga vår", spring concert in the newly built City Library in Halmstad together with the Singing Ensemble Mumma and Läckerolerna. "Körmaraton" in Immanuel's church in collaboration with Halmstad's cultural festival. Mozart's Requeim in Snöstorp's church together with Cappella Snöstorp, in a new version by Robert D Levin. Christmas concert in Martin Luther's church. Otherwise, an intense concert year with seven church concerts along the west coast, from Gothenburg in the north to Helsingborg in the south.

2006
2007

Celebration Halmstad's 700th-anniversary

"Kom i min famn", spring concert in the City Library with guest conductor Prof. Gunnar Eriksson. Singing at Borggården to celebrate Halmstad's 700th anniversary. Weekend tour with concerts in Landskrona, Skummeslöv and Snöstorp. The oratorio "The Angel and the Tree" by Halmstad composers Stefan Wikrén and Stefan Petzén in St Nikolai church (First performance after our premiere in 2000). Christmas concert in Martin Luther's church for the fourth year. It really is a tradition now!

Choir competition in Austria

Spring concert in the City Library. Participation in the chroir competition in Spittal an der Drau in Austria. Very hard competition. The choir receives no award, but many nice reviews, not least for its magical interpretation of Whitacre's "Sleep". Concert in St Nikolai church on Kulturnatten. Concert due to the Music Festival in Martin Luther Church. Recordings of the CD "Poem". (Release autumn 2009). Christmas concert in Martin Luther's church for the fifth year.

2008
2009

Halmstad's Vocal Ensemble 20 years!

Part 2 from Händel's Messiah on Good Friday in Snöstorp's church. Spring concert in the City Library together with the pianist Hans Pålsson. Four wonderful summer concerts in Skåne/Halland. Anniversary concert to celebrate the choir's 20th birthday in Immanuel's Church. Release of the CD Poem. Christmas concert for the sixth year in Martin Luther church.

Successful church concerts

Rutters Magnificat together with Cappella Snöstorp in Snöstorp's church. Spring concert together with Mikael Samuelsson and Mats Bergström in the City Library. Concert at Kulturnatten in St Nikolai church. Concert due to the Music Festival in Martin Luther's Church. Successful church concerts in Ängelholm, Viken, Asmundtorp, Varberg, Helsingborg (Maria Church) and Lund (Allhelgonakyrkan). Christmas concert for the seventh year in Marin Luther's church.

2010
2011

Concert produced by Göran among others

The Passion of St. Matthew in St. Nikolai Church. The concert is produced by Göran Persson, Ulric Andersson and Mats Reuter and was performed by the project's orchestra and choir, which included Halmstad's Vocal Ensemble, all under the direction of Göran. Summer tour with concerts in Västervik, Kalmar and Nybro. Concert in Harplinge church outside Halmstad with premiere of "Two songs for mixed choir" by Håkan Brandqvist. Christmas concert for the eighth year in Martin Luther's church.

Christmas concert for the 9th year running in Martin Luther's Church

Traditional Saturday music in St Nikolai church in January, Spring concert in the City Library together with pianist Anders Widmark, Summer music in Snöstorp's church in June with the program "Flower tones", Concert in V Sönnarslöv's church in August, Concert in Masthuggskyrkan in Gothenburg in October in connection with " Kulturnatta”, “The Armed Man” in Snöstorp's church in October together with Cappella Snöstorp, Christmas concert for the ninth year in Martin Luther's church.

2012
2013

Concerts in the south of Sweden and Copenhagen

Traditional Saturday music in St. Nikolai in January. Concert in St Petri church in Malmö on February 9 at 3 p.m. in connection with St Petri choir days, Concert in Asmundtorp's church the same day at 6 p.m., Concerts in Ängelholm's church and Skrea church on 2/3, Spring concert "Syner i lövsprickningen" together with Göran Fristorp in Immanuel's Church in Halmstad on April 20, Spring Concert in Borlunda Church outside Eslöv on May 12. Church concerts in Snöstorp, Sankt Marcus in Copenhagen, St Johannes in Malmö and in Skummeslöv the last week of June. Christmas concert in Martin Luther's church on 15/12.

Halmstad's Vocal Ensemble 25 years!

"New Eyes on Baroque" in Martin Luther's church on 19/1 with Nils Landgren and Jeanette Köhn, Bach's B minor mass in Martin Luther's church on 27/4, Concert at Halmstad's Theatre on 2/5 with Sven-Bertil Taube, Göran Fristorp and Curt-Eric Holmqvist, "A musical buffet" in Snöstorps church on 17/6, Tour to Berlin and Leipzig 14-20 / 7 (Concerts in Berliner Dom, Zum Guten Hirten-Friedenau and Gedächtniskirsche in Berlin and in Nikolaikirche in Leipzig ), Church concerts in Virestad 7/9 and Harplinge 9/11, Anniversary concert in Immanuel's Church on 15/11, Christmas concert in Martin Luther's Church on 20/12 (10-year anniversary).

2014
2015

New religious program

Traditional Saturday music in St Nikolai on 10/1, Church concerts in Kristianstad's Holy Trinity on 18/1 and in Älmhult's church on 28/2. "Amazing Songs" together with clarinetist Bo Ingemarsson and organist Per Jarring in Snöstorp's church on 8/3. A new religious program "Around the Sea" with music by composers around the Baltic Sea was launched in Snöstorp's church on 16/6. "Around the Sea" in Sofia Albertina church in Landskrona on 11/10. Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem together with Malmö Academy Choir and Orchestra in Martin Luther's church on 31/10 and in St Andreas church in Malmö on 1/11. Christmas concert in Martin Luther's church on 19/12.

Concert in Gothenburg cathedral among others

Church concerts in Ängelholm, Eslöv and Lund's Allhelgona 5-6/3, The Passion of John in Snöstorp's church on Good Friday 25/3, Karl Jenkins Stabat mater together with Cappella Snöstorp in Snöstorp's church 10/4, Lunch concert in Helsingör's cathedral 11/6, Konserter i Gothenburg's cathedral, Fässberg's church in Mölndal and Hagakyrkan in Gothenburg 24-25/9, Stars concert at Kulturnatten in St Nikolai church, Halmstad 1/10, Skummeslövs church 2/10, Christmas concert in Martin Luther's church, Halmstad 17/12

2016
2017

Concerts in Stockholm and Uppsala Cathedral

Saturday music in St Nikolai on 14/1, Church concert in Getinge on 12/2, Mozart's Requiem in Snöstorp's church on 19/3, Concerts in the Uppenbarelsekyrkan in Hägersten, Adolf Fredriks church in Stockholm and Uppsala Cathedral 25-27 / 5, Church concerts in St Petri church, Malmö 3/9 and in Snöstorp's church on 17/9, Händel's Messiah in Snöstorps church on 12/11, Christmas concert in Martin Luther's church on 16/12, Christmas concert in Trönninge church on 17/12.

Numerous performances in churches

Saturday music in St Nikolai on 10/2, Duruflés Requiem in Snöstorp's church on 4/3, Spring concert "Som ett blommande mandelträd" in Immanuel's church on 22/4, Summer concert in Torup's church on 4/6, Förklädd Gud in Snöstorp's church on 10 / 6, The Armed Man in Snöstorp's church on 11/11, Concert "Tusen kyssar" in Kulturhuset Najaden on 25/11, Christmas concert in Martin Luther's church on 15/12

2018
2019
Halmstads-Vokalensemble

Halmstad's Vocal Ensemble 30 years!

The Passion of Matthew by Bach in Martin Luther's Church 10/3, Concert in St Nikolai 19/5, Summer Music in Snöstorp's church 2/7, Tour to Germany 3-7 July with concerts in Dom zu Lübeck, Dom zu Schwerin and lunch concert and evening concert in Marienkirche in Lübeck, Music service in Harplinge church 6/10, Anniversary concert in Kulturhuset Najaden 19/10, Christmas concert in Martin Luther's church 21/12

Music with a distance

During this strange "corona year", we managed to perform two concerts before the restrictions prevented further performances. In St. Andreas, Malmö on 7/3 and in Snöstorp's church on 8/3 At the annual meeting on 16/3, the choir decided to cancel all coming scheduled events. Booked concerts in Björnekulla 5/3, Eslöv 26/4, Ängelholm 15/8 and Skummeslöv 16/8 were canceled and the planned spring concert was put on hold! During the autumn, we managed to start up again and in smaller scale. We practiced with a distance in Snöstorp's church with reduced number of participants and gave a "corona safe" concert in Björnekulla 13/9 and in Eslöv 18/10. The planned concerts "Hösttröst" in Snöstorp's church on 22/11 and the Christmas concert in Martin Luther's church were canceled when everything was closed again in early November.

2020
2021

Pandemic

Under våren och sommaren låg verksamheten helt nere på grund av pandemin. Vi kom igång så smått under hösten. Konsert i Ängelholms kyrka den 23/10, Monday Night Music i Snöstorps kyrka den 22/11 och Julkonsert i Martin Luthers kyrka den 18/12.

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