December is already on its second half, but for many of us there hasn’t been a possibility to slow down for a true Christmas spirit. As the elves from a well-known Finnish Christmas sing: Hurry up, hurry up! Four Christmas concerts and/or singing events are collected in this post, especially suited for those who like their Christmas songs with just a little bit of extraordinary. Please note that all events are held in Finnish.
1. Christmas of Philomela 18.12.2015 at 6:00 p.m.
The skillful and trained lady voices of the female choir Philomela fill the intimate Old Church (Vanhakirkko) from wall to wall with both traditional and newer Christmas songs. You don’t need to even know Finnish to enjoy their interpretations, so don’t hesitate to come!
Who: Female Choir Philomela, director Marjukka Riihimäki
Where and when: Old Church (Lönnrotinkatu 6) Fri 18.12.2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: €17.50/22.50/27.50 from Lippupiste and from the door 30 minutes before the concert. Children under 8 years old free.
2. Prettiest Christmas Songs – Christmas Songs in Finnish and in Helsinki slang 20.12.2015 at 3:00 p.m.
If you want to feel like you’re home abroad (given that you’re a local), the best way to do that is to fly over to the noble Paavalinkirkko and try your hand – and vocal chords – in singing in the Helsinki slang. This way, you’ll definitely feel like a tourist, especially if you don’t know any slang.
Who: Singing: Fredi, Raider Gern ja Maria Hänninen. Reading the Holy Gospel in slang: Eva-Riitta Siitonen. Organisers: Stadin Slangi ry.
Where and when: Paavalinkirkko (Sammatintie 5) Sun 20.12.2015 at 3:00 p.m., doors open at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: Free entry
3. Notte di Natale: L’ESTEL 21.12.2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Symphonies, Renaissance treasures and parts of an oratory from the Iberian Peninsula echo from the walls of the impressive Kallio Church on the week leading to Christmas. Even if it was cold outside, after this concert you’re sure to feel glowing.
Who: Chamber orchestra Refugium musicum; Vocal group Incanto; Jukka Jokitalo directing;
Salla Karakorpi, piano
Where and when: Kallio Church (Itäinen Papinkatu 2) Mon 21.12.2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: €10/15/20 from the door and Lippupalvelu (+service fees €1.50–€2.50)
4. Have a Folksy Christmas! 22.12.2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Even just two night before Christmas you have a chance to hear your favourite Christmas songs spiced with different music styles from folk to rock. The edgy Munkkiniemi Church is the perfect venue for this ensemble.
Who: Haaga Folk Machine and Ms. Senni Valtonen
Where and when: Munkkiniemi Church (Tiilipolku 6) Tue 22.12.2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Free entry, program €10