Suomen Laulu (”Song of Finland”) is one of the oldest mixed choirs in Finland. Founded as a male choir in 1900, it became a mixed choir in 1907. The choir was conducted for more than four decades by its founder, the renowned choir conductor and composer Heikki Klemetti. The current artistic director, Esko Kallio (b. 1974), has conducted Suomen Laulu since 2002. The choir’s repertoire consists of both a cappella works and compositions for choir and orchestra. Since 1921 the choir has maintained the tradition of performing the St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach every Maundy Thursday in St. John’s Church in Helsinki. Suomen Laulu has made five recordings, the most recent of which was published to celebrate the choir’s centenary in 2000. The choir also has its own series of publications, the ’Suomen Laulun Ohjelmistoa’, which contains several of the finest pieces of Finnish choral music.
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