FT Rune Carol

We were very pleased to have a Swedish choir from Stockholm’s Musikgymnasium/Kungsholmens gymnasium sing this year’s FT carol or rune carol. Stockholm’s Musikgymnasium is an upper secondary school that provides a choral education of the highest order in combination with a specially designed Natural Science Programme or a specially designed Social Science Programme. The students have been singing for at least four hours a week since they were 10 years old. The students are often engaged in big music events, with concerts at prestigious concert venues and churches as well as the annual Lucia concert in the new Friends Arena.

The beautiful music was composed by Johan Hugosson. He started composing 5 years ago and wrote the music for an Even Song in St Paul’s Cathedral last spring. His most famous work so far is “Literas Loquendi” (Transforming Letters). Johan studied piano at the Royal Danish Conservatoire in Copenhagen and the Royal College of Music in London. As a concert pianist Johan performs regularly around Europe giving recitals, as a soloist and as a chamber musician.

Dr Hannah Burrows, lecturer in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Aberdeen created the Rune carol. It was not strictly a translation but more a creative adaptation of three different rune poems (as obviously there was no
medieval ‘Rune Carol’).

We are very grateful to the choir from Kungsholmens gymnasium, the composer Johan Hugosson and Dr Hannah Burrows as well as to the FT for this wonderful collaboration. It was wonderful that the rune carol could be performed by the choir in Stockholm in the presence of the composer.

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