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Sydney Philharmonia Choirs | Nordic Songs

23 September 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST

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As bracing as the arctic air and luminous as the aurora, music from Northern Europe has become central to the 21st Century choral repertoire. Eminences such as Arvo Pärt and Pēteris Vasks have inspired younger generations of composers to create work of intense beauty, both sacred and secular that realise the exquisite possibilities of the contemporary choir.

‘Music and love explains everything‘, says Latvian composer Uģis Prauliņš. In a musical language that is immediate, vivid and personal, Missa Rigensis combines baroque polyphony, minimalism with the energy of rock. In its final dissolve, the Mass reaches for the beyond by looking inward. The sacred music of Pärt, Miškinis and Vasks sounds both ancient and modern, its austerity a balm to modern souls.

From heaven to the heavenly, Eriks Ešenvalds and Ola Gjeilo look to the skies in shimmering works that demonstrate the virtuosity of the young voices of VOX, Sydney Philharmonia Choir’s brilliant young adult choir. Alluring, evocative and ecstatic, discover these songs from the North.


  • PRAULINŠ Missa Rigensis
  • SANDSTRÖM Gloria
  • VASKS Pater noster
  • PÄRT Morning Star
  • PÄRT Bogoróditse Djévo
  • PÄRT Da pacem
  • MIŠKINIS Pater noster
  • GJEILO The Spheres
  • GJEILO Northern Lights


  • Elizabeth Scott conductor
  • VOX


St Mary’s Crypt, Sydney
St Marys Rd
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia