The Nordic Choir Expedition

The Nordic Choir Expedition brings four professional chamber choirs to Helsinki on 1–3 June 2023.

Throughout history we have crossed oceans on journeys of exploration. To discover new things, to get to know each other - and also ourselves - better. In the Nordic Choir Expedition the sea may be smaller - but the purpose remains the same.

The time has come for the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, the Norwegian Soloists Choir, the Helsinki Chamber Choir and Ars Nova Copenhagen to embark upon a shared course again - in June 2023.

These four professional choirs previously toured together in 2016 and 2019, including to the Orkney Islands and the Netherlands. This time we will travel between the capital cities of our four countries, to celebrate unity and share with our audiences this unique cultural experience.

The choirs will give their own concerts as well as a large concert together featuring a newly commissioned piece in five movements by the celebrated Ukrainian composer Galina Grigorjeva, based on texts by - among others -  Tranströmer, Fredricsen and Yrjänä. The choirs will each perform one movement and then join together in a powerful closing movement with all eighty singers from the four choirs.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to experience how culture builds bridges between us and how music truly is a universal language.

Sea of Voices
Thu 1.6.2023 at 18.00, Helsinki Music Centre, Paavo
Det Norske Solistkor, conductor Grete Pedersen

Eric Ericsons Kammarkör: Holy and bright /
All the choirs: Between the Earth and Skies (premiere)

Fri 2.6.2023 at 19.00, Kallio Church
Eric Ericsons Kammarkör, conductor Fredrik Malmberg
Det Norske Solistkor, conductor Grete Pedersen
Ars Nova Copenhagen, conductor Graham Ross
Helsingin kamarikuoro, conductor Nils Schweckendiek

First half of the concert will feature a programme by the Eric Ericsons Kammarkör. On the second half all the choirs will perform together a commissioned work by Galina Grigorjeva.

One foot in Eden
Sat 3.6.2023 at 18.30, Helsinki Music Centre, Paavo
Ars Nova Copenhagen, conductor Graham Ross

a sea changed
Sat 3.6.2023 at 20.00, Helsinki Music Centre, Paavo
Helsingin kamarikuoro, conductor Nils Schweckendiek


The Festival Pass to all four concerts 70/56/42 €,  from Ticketmaster.
Note! The Festival Pass also includes the concert at Kallio Church on 2.6.2023.


The festival will also visit StockholmOslo and Copenhagen in June.


 The Nordic Choir Expedition has received funding from the European Union
and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Culture and Art Programme