18 - 22 October 2023

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Thought the 2022 festival was over? Not yet!

The City of Derry International Choir Festival is delighted to present one of the world’s leading choirs, the Grammy award-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC), in a special concert at the city’s Guildhall on Monday 14th November (7.30pm).

Ranked in 2020 by BBC Music Magazine as one of the ten best choirs in the world, EPCC is celebrating its 40th year with a busy programme of international events.

Their concert in Derry will be one of only two performances on the island of Ireland on this tour, with the other in National Concert Hall, Dublin. It will feature music by two legendary Estonian composers with whom they are particularly associated: Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis, whose work they have helped to popularise the world over.

This will be an exceptional concert in a stunning venue and we are very excited to welcome such an outstanding choral group to our city. 

Tickets £20/£12 plus booking fee are available via TicketSource

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Founded in 1981 by Tõnu Kaljuste, who since 2021 has been enjoying his second spell as artistic director and chief conductor, the repertoire of the choir extends from Gregorian chant and baroque to the music of the 21st century, with a special focus on the work of Estonian composers, such as Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis. Each season the choir gives about 60–70 concerts both in Estonia and abroad.

The EPCC has worked with many world-class orchestras and has been a welcome guest at numerous music festivals and outstanding venues all over the globe.  Another important aspect in the choir’s life is recording music (for ECM, Virgin Classics, Carus, Harmonia Mundi and Ondine), resulting in various award-winning CDs. EPCC recordings have twice won a Grammy-Award for Best Choral Performance. All in all, the choir has 15 Grammy nominations.

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T├Ánu Kaljuste, Principal Conductor and Artistic Director

Tõnu Kaljuste is a world-renowned choir and orchestra conductor. His most historic achievement to date is the Grammy for Best Choral Performance for the Arvo Pärt album Adam’s Lament in 2014. His recordings have had a number of Grammy nominations in various categories from opera to symphonic music.

Kaljuste has established an international reputation with his mastery of a diverse repertoire ranging from operas and classical symphonic works to modern music. He has proven himself an expert and a committed advocate of the music of the Estonian composers Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Tõnu Kõrvits, Veljo Tormis and Heino Eller.

Kaljuste founded the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in 1981 and is back after 20 years, from August 2021 as its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director.

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