The most musical of May Day traditions, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s May Day Matinees once again present classic favourites, from the Pori March to Lohengrin!
Since 1883 the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s May Day Matinees have been a popular tradition in the Finnish capital. This year the sea of white student caps will be adorned by the tassels of the energetic Polytech Choir!
The Polytech Choir
The Polytech Choir is an academic male choir, established in 1900. It is one of the most prestigious male choirs in Finland and all of Europe. Our singers - around 80, all told - are either students or alumni at the Aalto University, located next to Helsinki in Espoo, Finland. The conductor and artistic director of the Choir, since 2013, is Master of Music (choral conducting, Sibelius Academy) Saara Aittakumpu.
The Choir approaches music with a particularly high level of ambition. We commission and premiere new works for male chorus (and, on occasion, orchestra or solo instruments) on a regular basis, but are equally at home with historic and contemporary works, across the spectrum, from classical to popular. Although our singers are ambitious amateurs, our conductor and two vocal coaches are accomplished professionals in their respective fields.