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Helsinki Cathedral Choir (Choir)

Founded: 1970 - Helsinki, Finland

The Helsinki Cathedral Choir (Helsingin Katedraalikuoro) was founded in 1970. The number of choir members has been gradually growing and in mid 1970ís it consisted of about 160 singers. Because the Helsinki Cathedral Choir fulfilled the functions of the choir of the Helsinki Cathedral Parish, its main duties were to assist the church services on Sunday mornings, at vigils and vespers well as take care of other musical tasks in the Parish. The repertoire of the Cathedral Choir consisted of i.e., the following works: Heinrich Schützí Musikalische Exequien, Bengt Johanssonís Vesper Music, Eero Erkkiläís Vespers and Vigilia, J.S. Bachís Mass in B minor (BWV 232), W.A. Mozartís Requiem, L.v. Beethovenís the choir parts of the 9th Symphony, George Frideric Handelís Messiah, G. Verdiís Requiem. The choir began to disintegrate after Eero Erkkilä retired due to ill health.

The Helsinki Cathedral Choir rehearsing with Eero Erkkilä in the crypt of the Cathedral (mid 1970ís) [01]

Source: Programme notes from mid 1970ís
Contributed by
Michael Cox (November 2010, September 2011)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Eero Erkkilä

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BWV 232

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