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Unique initiative by the vocal ensemble

Published: 28 September 2017

Erik Westberg's Vocal Ensemble is widely regarded as one of the country's most outstanding in its genre. At the beginning of October, the ensemble releases its new record Chorus Gloriosus, which focuses on something unique.

- For the CD Chorus Gloriosus, we intend to expand the listener's experience by incorporating more senses than just the hearing. In cooperation with professional designers, the songs have been interpreted visually and scentfully. The result is a beautiful CD envelope with accompanying booklet, three frayed postcards per CD and art films on the theme universe, body / suffering and microcosm. From the great infallible to the little man and to the smallest elements of life - as a whole. I think it's the first time that fragrance is included in a sounding artwork released on CD. It will be exciting to see which reception this receives, says Erik Westberg, professor at Luleå University of Technology.

Erik Westberg describes the album as something of a challenge to the listener.

- This is the first record the vocal ensemble produces that contains only works for choir and organ. There are large-scale works that have some resistance. No easy-melting three minute pieces!

Clear link to the university

Erik Westberg's Vocal Ensemble was formed in 1993 and consists of 20 singers. The ensemble members are active as soloists, church musicians and music teachers and come from northern Sweden and Finland. The vocal ensemble also has a very clear connection to Luleå University of Technology and the activities at the School of Music. One example of this is that Helena Holmlund, who recently obtained a master's degree in musical performance at the Music School, participates as organ soloist on the new album.

- Helena is one of the foremost on her instrument, she is technically skilled and musically sensible. That she also likes challenges and new music, it's a perfect combination, says Erik Westberg.

Great musical experiences

Recently, the vocal ensemble visited Germany for concerts in Essen, Bielefeld and Dortmund. In addition to the concerts, there was also a workshop at the International Choir Festival in Dortmund with more than 1,500 participants from Europe. The tour was appreciated by both ensemble and audience.

- In many ways, the tour included great musical experiences as well as a very knowledgeable and listening audience.


Erik Westberg

Westberg, Erik - Professor

Organisation: Musical Performance, Music, Media and Theatre, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts
Phone: +46 (0)911 72624