The Tour of St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir of The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium in Stockholm, Sweden

One of the concerts on the Swedish tour – focus, joy and singing

St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir of The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium went on a concert tour from 9th- 15th February 2024  to Stockholm to meet a phenomenal girls’ choir Adolf Fredriks Flickkör and present themselves to the Swedish public. It was an amazing opportunity to have two concerts with two amazing Swedish choirs and a concert at Adolf Fredriks Music Primary School where the subject of choir singing is emphasized. At this school we were presented some other classes as well.

It was an unforgettable experience to meet one of the world’s best conductor Gary Graden, who has been collaborating with Megaron Chamber Choir for the last thirty years. Later we joined him at the service in a Swedish old town church and were lucky to be able to listen to the amazing Bach’s B Minor Mass under Graden’s conductorship.

Cultural program was an inportant aspect of the entire tour and it also included listening to the incredible Swerige Radiokören/The Swedish Radio Choir which hosted a seminar for young Norwegian conductors. We were all stunned by their almost angelic singing and learned a lot about their singing technique which is quite typical of Swedish choirs. Our tour was not just about singing and music. There was enough time to explore the beauty of Stockholm, which is a very picturesque city. We managed to visit two famous museums. The first museum was the Vasa Museum with a massive 17th century ship exhibited. Second one was the Astrid Lindgren’s Museum, where some of her most known stories are presented, including Pippi Longstocking. In addition, we also had a chance to visit Stocholm Stadshus/Stockholm City Hall, where a massive banquet for 1300 guests of honor is annually held after the Nobel Prize ceremony.

This is just a quick glimpse into our tour in Stockholm, but we experienced a lot more and had a great time with each other and singing together on stage as well as off stage. We would like to thank everybody who made this possible for us, especially the choir’s conductor Helena Fojkar Zupančič. /Diana Dominko, year 4/