Helsinki Male Choir Weekend 9-11 April 2021

VII International Leevi Madetoja Male Voice Choir Competition
Nordic-Baltic Male Choir Festival

UPDATES

6 May 2020: Details about the jury and the patron

FRIDAY 9 APRIL 2021

 

Reception of the City of Helsinki

Vanha Raatihuone at 5 pm (max 2 representatives/choir, only with an invitation)

 

Opening concert 

More details to be published soon!

 

SATURDAY 10 APRIL 2021

Hämeenlinnan Mieskuoro and Kauppakorkeakoulun Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat, dir. Anneli Julén in the Helsinki Music Centre in April 2013. Photo: Markku Pihlaja.

 

VII International Leevi Madetoja Male Voice Choir Competition

Helsinki Music Centre from 9 am to 5 pm

 

Lunch

More details to be published soon!

 

Informal performances and male choir seminar

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Gala concert

Helsinki Music Centre, Concert hall at 7 pm
Tickets: EUR 80/39/23 (incl. service fee)


https://www.ticketmaster.fi/event/272967

Jury’s selection from the competition and the prize ceremony

Joint choir performances with all participants

Edvard Grieg: Sangerhilsen (Sigvald Skavlan)
Peep Sarapik: Ta lendab mesipuu poole (Juhan Liiv)
Jean Sibelius: Finlandia-hymni (V. A. Koskenniemi)

Liiton Miehet, the elite choir of the Finnish Male Choir Association, dir. Paavo Hyökki

The elite choir Liiton Miehet and Paavo Hyökki. Photo: Aino Herranen.

The elite choir of the Finnish Male Choir Association, Liiton Miehet (literally “The Men of the Union”) gave its first concert in summer 2017. There are currently 32 singers from all over Finland. This periodically rehearsing choir aims to offer a professional working environment for talented singers, however not affecting the activities of the singers’ other choirs. The choir was founded and is conducted by the artistic director of the Finnish Male Choir Association, Paavo Hyökki.

 

After party

More details to be published soon!

 

SUNDAY 11 APRIL 2021

 

Male choir concerts and informal performances

More details to be published soon!

 

Photo: My Helsinki / Jenna Pietikäinen.

Registration for the VII International Leevi Madetoja Male Voice Choir Competition has been reopened! The registration deadline is 31 December 2020 via e-form: https://forms.gle/UCzmxb8S3ZsJQXUH9

If your choir was already registered for the 2020 edition:
– The registration to the competition is still valid and the participation fee paid will be used to the 2021 edition.
– The registration may be cancelled by 31 December 2020 free of charge; in such case, the participation fee would be refunded and the sheet music sent back to the choir.
– If the choir wishes to make changes in their repertoire or other participation documents, it is also possible until 31 December 2020.

Registration for the other activities of Helsinki Male Choir Weekend will be opened shortly, stay tuned for more updates!

Laulu-Miehet and Pohjan Laulu, dir. Matti Hyökki in Helsinki Music Centre in 2013. Photo: Markku Pihlaja

How to travel to Helsinki: https://www.myhelsinki.fi/en/meetings-and-events/accessibility-and-arrival

All event venues are within walking distance or easily accessible by public transport. Participating choirs are thus not required to have a bus of their own.

Accommodation offers by our cooperative hotels will be published shortly!

Helsinki tourist information: https://www.myhelsinki.fi/en

The meals are only available when booked in advance. More details about lunch and after party will be published soon!

VENUE AND DATE

The VII International Leevi Madetoja Male Voice Choir Competition will be held at the Helsinki Music Centre (Mannerheimintie 13 A, Helsinki) on Saturday 10 April 2021. The competition organiser may transfer parts of the competition to some other venue in Helsinki should the number of participants so require.

SERIES

The competition has international, national and review series. Choirs from abroad may participate in the international or review series, professional singers only in the international series. Finnish amateur choirs may participate in any series.

The competition organiser has the right to limit the number of participants in each series. Participation will be confirmed in order of registration.

COMPETITION REPERTOIRE

International series

The maximum duration of the choir’s performance, transfers included, is 15 minutes. The repertoire must consist of a cappella music but may include pitchless percussion instruments. The repertoire is optional but must include:
• the mandatory composition by Leevi Madetoja: Ikävyys (Melancholy, 1916, words Larin-Kyösti, © YL Male Voice Choir)
• a composition by a living composer from the choir’s own country
The language of performance is optional; this also applies to the mandatory composition.

National series

The maximum duration of the choir’s performance, transfers included, is 15 minutes. The repertoire must consist of a cappella music but may include pitchless percussion instruments. The repertoire is optional but must include:
• the mandatory composition by Leevi Madetoja: Hämärän ääniä (Dusk, 1916, words Larin-Kyösti, © YL Male Voice Choir)
• a composition by a living Finnish composer
The language of performance is optional; this also applies to the mandatory composition.

Review series

The maximum duration of the choir’s performance, transfers included, is 10 minutes. The choir will receive oral feedback from the jury immediately after the performance. The repertoire may include accompanying instruments; the responsibility for these will lie with the choir. The repertoire is optional and may be performed in any language. There is no mandatory work.

REGISTRATION

Choirs wishing to take part in the competition must register online by 31 December 2020 at www.mieskuoro.fi/madetoja2020. The registration form will go online on 1 January 2019.

Choirs wishing to take part must also submit the following documents to toiminnanjohtaja@mieskuoro.fi by 31 December 2020:
• a presentation of the choir in Finnish, Swedish or English (file format doc, docx or pdf, or link to a web page)
• a presentation of the choir’s conductor in Finnish, Swedish or English (file format doc, docx or pdf, or link to a web page)
• 2 photographs of the choir (file format jpg, minimum width 1,500 pixels)
• 2 photographs of the choir’s conductor (file format jpg, minimum width 1,500 pixels)
and send via regular mail to Suomen Mieskuoroliitto, Klaneettitie 6–8, FI-00420 Helsinki:
• legal sheet music (original published sheet music or manuscript copies approved by the composer) of the choir’s competition repertoire.

PARTICIPATION FEE

The fee for participation in the competition is EUR 400 in the international series, EUR 300 in the national series and EUR 200 in the review series. The participation fee will be invoiced after the registration period.

The registration fee will not be returned should a choir cancel its participation after the registration period. Each choir will be responsible for its own travel, accommodation and other expenses.

JURY

For each series, the board of the Finnish Male Choir Association (Suomen Mieskuoroliitto) will appoint a jury consisting of a chairperson and at least two other members.

Participants will all receive written feedback from the jury after the competition.

ORDER OF PERFORMANCE AND GALA CONCERT

The order of performance in each series will be decided in a draw conducted by the competition organiser. Participants will receive a precise competition schedule not later than one month before the competition.

Choirs selected by the jury will be obliged to perform in the competition’s gala concert at the Helsinki Music Centre on Saturday evening 10 April 2021 for no separate fee.

PRIZES

The total prize sum in the competition’s international series is EUR 5,000 and in the national series EUR 2,500. No monetary prizes will be awarded in the review series. Special prizes approved by the board of the Finnish Male Choir Association may also be awarded.

SHEET MUSIC

The music for the mandatory works in the international and national series will be posted in pdf format on the competition website (www.mieskuoro.fi/madetoja2020) on 1 January 2019. Before this, it will be on sale at SULASOL, Klaneettitie 6–8, FI-00420 Helsinki; sales@sulasol.fi, tel. +358 10 8200 221). The editions on sale include singable translations in Swedish and German.

Only legal sheet music is permitted in the competition (original published sheet music or manuscript copies approved by the composer). The organiser has the right to check the legality of the sheet music.

RECORDINGS

The competition organiser has unlimited right to record, photograph, video and broadcast on radio, television or the Internet and to stream any of the competition performances and concerts for no separate fee. The competition organiser may transfer any of the above rights to another party.

These competition rules were ratified by the board of the Finnish Male Choir Association on 4 November 2017 and as the competition had to be postponed, revised on 29 March 2020. The original language of the rules is Finnish, and any disputes will be settled by the board of the Finnish Male Choir Association according to the Finnish version.

FURTHER INFORMATION
www.mieskuoro.fi/madetoja2020
Finnish Male Choir Association, Executive Director Aino Herranen: toiminnanjohtaja@mieskuoro.fi, tel. +358 10 8200 236

The chair of the jury in the international series, Matti Hyökki. Photo: Markku Pihlaja

 

International series
chairperson Matti Hyökki (FI)
Georg Grün (DE)
Sofia Söderberg (SE)

 

National series
chairperson Tommi Niskala (FI)
Jutta Seppinen (FI)
Visa Yrjölä (FI)

 

Review series
chairperson Elisa Huovinen (FI)
Hirvo Surva (EE)
Markus Yli-Jokipii (FI)

The mandatory composition in the international series:
Download sheet music (pdf): Leevi Madetoja: Ikävyys (Larin-Kyösti)
Original poem (narrated by Paavo Hyökki): https://youtu.be/conLci-TvlY

Misery (translation by Arttu Vilmi)

What an eternity of misery
hangs over these alleys!
Seldom does the sun find its way
into my chamber with its caressing rays.

Fiery pain, why do you eat at my heart,
rise, my young strength, burst through the shell,
carry me into the light and clear the path,
and cut, root and branch,
the dark tree planted at my birth!

When my restraints are loosened and the gates open,
when I feel free again,
a kantele begins to ring,
my spirit is young, it is free,
it returns to its primal strength,
it grows, it soars on its wings;
I can see, how the morning of my spirit is dawning.
Ring, eternal kantele of life, ring!

The mandatory composition in the national series:
Download sheet music (pdf): Leevi Madetoja: Hämärän ääniä (Larin-Kyösti)

These editions are free to use in the competition. The sheet music for the mandatory works are also on sale at SULASOL, Klaneettitie 6–8, FI-00420 Helsinki; sales@sulasol.fi, tel. +358 10 8200 221). The editions on sale include singable translations in Swedish and German.

Only legal sheet music is permitted in the competition (original published sheet music or manuscript copies approved by the composer). The organiser has the right to check the legality of the sheet music.

 

Songs for joint choir in the gala concert Sat 10 April 2021:

  • Edvard Grieg: Sangerhilsen (Sigvald Skavlan)
  • Peep Sarapik: Ta lendab mesipuu poole (Juhan Liiv)
  • Jean Sibelius: Finlandia-hymni (V. A. Koskenniemi)

Participating choirs will get a link to these scores after the registration.

The patron of Helsinki Male Choir Weekend is Debuty Mayor of Culture and Leisure in Helsinki, Nasima Razmyar.


Nasima Razmyar. Photo: Jyrki Nisonen.

Finnish Male Choir Association
Executive Director Aino Herranen
toiminnanjohtaja@mieskuoro.fi, tel +358-10-8200236

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