– Almost all Swedish artists have sung in a choir, its our biggest national pastime after sport, says Gerd Román Hall at Music South.
She is the producer of the Lund Choral Festival, which brought together 2,000 singers last year. 13,000 visitors listened to more than 40 concerts held at different places in Lund.
According to Gerd Román Hall, the choral tradition is particularly strong in Lund thanks to the university and the church. In the academic world, male students formed choirs in the nineteenth century. In the beginning, the message in the songs was political, but choirs soon became a great way to socialise. The church also had mixed choirs where female singers were welcome.
– There are all sorts of choirs here. Girl choirs, boy choirs, ”anyone can sing-choirs, bossanova choirs, baroque choirs. Skåne is full of choirs, says Gerd Román Hall.
She sees several reasons why choirs have become so popular in Sweden. The spirit of community in choirs is very important, as is the medically proven positive effects when singing with other people. Choirs are an inexpensive activity that everyone can participate in.
– But it’s not just about quantity. Sweden performs well in terms of quality. The broad base means we have a good top, says Gerd.
There are many examples of artists who started their career in choral singing, both in popular music and classically trained singers.
The Swedish singer Måns Zelmerlöw went to the music college in Lund and studied choral music. And tenor Joachim Bäckström, who currently sings at Malmö Opera, discovered his talent when he was asked to join a choir while studying at Lund University.
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