Welcome to Mäster Olofskören!
we are finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel – we have been able to resume weekly choir practice, albeit in a slightly different form than what we are used to. It is great to be able to meet and sing together again, and we are now preparing for performances and concerts.
We started off on the 4th September, with the first ever ”Körsångens dag”, arranged by Sveriges Körförbund. Choirs all over Sweden contributed with filmed events uploaded to the Facebook group, and there was also a film made, with videos filmed earlier. Mäster Olofskören took part in the ”choir marathon” live-streamed from Stockholm and Gothenburg, where choirs performed in 15 minutes slots, one after the other. It was a very good but rather odd feeling to sing in front of an audience again.
We are now rehearsing for our Christmas concerts in December. make sure to check back in for details!
Mäster Olofskören (The Master Olof Choir) was founded in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1940. After a dormant period it was revived in 1984. The choir is based in Gamla Stan (The Old Town) in Stockholm, where we are linked to ”Mäster Olofsgården”, a centre for history, culture and performing arts.
The choir currently consists of around 40 singers, male and female, ranging in age from 25 to 60. Musical leader of the group is Bo Tobiasson, formerly Senior Lecturer at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. The choir normally practice once every week, with a break during summer, and also have one full day or weekend away each semester where we work intensely with singing technique and performance skills. Of course we also take the opportunity to have a party in the evening!
Choir practice is every Tuesday evening at 18.30 in Mäster Olofsgården, Gamla Stan. We come from many different backgrounds and occupational categories, but we have one thing in common; we work hard to achieve a good sound and a high quality performance. We focus on a good result, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Concerts and performances
Mäster Olofskören is a choir with high ambitions both technically and musically, and we always perform a capella and without sheet musics at concertsOur repertoire is very varied – Swedish and foreign, ranging from sacred works by Mendelssohn and Homilius to national romance, Swedish folklore, modern classics and even pop, such as Beatles and ABBA.
Mäster Olofskören on tour
Every now and then the choir goes ”on tour” and travels abroad, mostly in Europe. Among the countries we have visited so far are Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Great Britain and many countries in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. During these tours we perform at many different venues – cathedrals, open air music festivals and concert halls. Or we just stop somewhere in the street and sing for passers-by…
Apart from performing on stage we also have a lot of fun and adventures during our trips. We see new places, meet interesting people and bring back many memories that will last a long, long time.
Mäster Olofsgården – our home
Mäster Olofsgården has a wide range of activities aimed at all age groups. About 22 member associations with a total of 2,000 members have their meetings and activities in the house and the farm has study circles in collaboration with ABF and Sensus. There are also open-air activities such as kroki and a carpentry town. Cultural associations repeat and seminars and conferences are organized. There is also a café.
Mäster Olofsgården was founded in 1931, and since its inception, it has maintained a strong social commitment to issues relating to social problems. The purpose of the homestead is to strengthen the social and cultural cohesion of people of all ages. The homestead should be a platform for increased understanding between people of different social and cultural backgrounds.
Mäster Olofsgården also has a film school for young people , who write their own script, film, cut and edit. In collaboration with the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Mäster Olofsgården operates a music studio for youth in their teens. Young people receive an education in recording technology and are given the opportunity to act in front of an audience. The project is led by professional recording engineers.