Esteemed Finnish choir announces winter concerts in Malaga

The Laulu-Miehet Choir will perform in Malaga in November.
The Laulu-Miehet Choir will perform in Malaga in November. / SUR
  • The Laulu-Miehet Choir, which was founded in the spring of 1914, will be conducted by celebrated musician Matti Hyökki

One of Finland's most highly-esteemed male-voice choirs is to perform a series of concerts on the Costa del Sol later this year.

The Laulu-Miehet Choir was founded in the spring of 1914 by members of the Helsinki University Chorus (today the YL Male Choir) and the Suomen Laulu mixed choir.

Laulu-Miehet premiered Finnish composer Jean Sibelius's celebrated Jäger March on 8 December 1917; just two days after Finland declared its independence from Russia.

The choir was also the first to perform Sibelius's Finlandia hymn - widely considered one of Finland's national songs - in 1940, after the composer had approved the lyrics written for the original instrumental tune.

The choir has toured extensively in the Nordic and Baltic regions, central and southern Europe, Thailand and Japan and will perform the first concert at the Cervantes Theatre in Malaga on Friday 2 November. Further concerts include the Palacio de la Paz on Monday 5, and the Hotel Las Palmeras (both in Fuengirola) on Tuesday 6 November.

The choir will be conducted by Matti Hyökki, former Artistic Director of the Helsinki University Chorus. Having started his musical career at the Sibelius Academy at the age of nine, Hyökki went on to achieve Finland's first artistic doctorate in choral music.