Estonian Television Girls’ Choir

Great Southern Series Concert 4
Friday 19 July
Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Tickets $20-$25

World Showcase Series Concert 1
Tuesday 16 July
Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Tickets $25 – $35

The Estonian Television Girls’ Choir grew from the children’s songwriting children’s editors’ program for ETV, whose founder and music director from 1990-2004 was choir conductor Aarne Saluveer. Today, in the choir, thirty-seven young women aged 13-20 sing in the choir, most of whom have musical education and choral song experience. The choir’s repertoire includes religious and secular music from different ages, folk music treats with effective movement, modern pop music and jazz schemes, and vocal-symphonic forms.

ETV Girls’ Choir has worked with several renowned Estonian composers such as Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Urmas Sisask and Tõnu Kõrvits. Aarne Saluveer co-starred in New York in the world première A. Pärt’s “Peace Upon You, Jerusalem” written for the ETV Girls’ Choir. In 2010, her Symphony No 3 “Our Garden” was presented to celebrate the composer’s birthday in celebration of the birthday of the Nargen Festival.

For the 90th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, U. Sisaski’s “Veni Creator Spiritus” was presented in London, which was a musical gift from Estonia to England. In honor of V. Tormis’s jubilee, in 2010, “Regilaul and Tormis” took part in various concert series of Estonia, in addition to “Sampo Back”.

At the 100th birthday of the Estonian Theater House, a novel by Vaiko Eplik entitled “Great Painting” was prepared, which in September 2013, on the first presentation, a feature film of the same name was sent.

But in addition to domestic composers, ETV Girls’ Choir has also collaborated with, for example, the British composer Roxanna Panufnik, who wrote the modern day city of Tallinn as “Tallinn: European Capital of Culture 2011”. In May 2013, a long audio piece was recorded with soloists and orchestras. In August 2013, ETV Girls’ Choir was able to compete with the world-famous conductor Eric Whitacre.

Concert tours have led to girls’ chorus almost everywhere in Europe, as well as to America in the ocean. During the 90th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, over 20 concerts were given at European concert halls and Estonian music was introduced with the program “My heart, wake up”. In the summer of 2011, she participated in the first Estonian chorus at the IX World Choral Music Symposium in Puerto Madryn (Argentina), where the choir conductor was asked to instruct one of the four master classes held in the symposium, but in addition, over 11 concerts were given in different cities of the country.

At the beginning of 2012, Imogen Heap held concerts at the Reverb Festival with Ana Silvera and Holst Singers in London (England). In August 2012, the girls traveled to Arezzo, Italy, to receive the Guido d’Arezzo Foundation Guidoneum Award 2012 for the Choir and the Conductor for recognition of the multi-dimensional musical endeavour.

In the spring of 2013, five more girls from the Shanghai International Music Festival took part in the concert tour, the events in the Berlin-based Estonian-German summit “Klang / sounds of Europe” and “Polyfollia” choir festival in Normandy, France, included in that year. In particular, the choir’s performance can be seen in the achievements of the section  .