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Christmas Edition 2019

VIII SEMF Christmas Edition 2019
German Church, Old Town, Stockholm













Saturday 14 December 2019

SEMF-bild 2019 | Photo: Iman Khayyatan


The DUPLO TICKET gives you a discounted entrance price for two concerts, 5.30 pm and 8 pm during VIII SEMF Christmas Edition 2019. 

•When buying the DUPLO TICKET you can choose a permanent seat (same place for the concerts) in the German Church, rows 5, 6 and 7, A-section. 

•A Swedish ”Christmas-Festival-Fika” (coffee and bun) at 4.45 pm - 5.25 pm is included in the DUPLO TICKET.  

•The DUPLO TICKET is valid for the concerts at 5.30 pm (Helsinge Baroque Band) och 8.00 pm (Releasekonsert, Ensemble Villancico). The DUPLO TICKET is not valid for the Early Late Night Concert or the dinner at Grillska Huset. 

•You purchase your DUPLO TICKET by clicking on the "Buy ticket"-button on the right side. In order to buy single concerts, please click on the "Buy ticket"-button, on the respective concert.

The price for the DUPLO TICKET is 550 SEK. NB - limited number of tickets available!

15:29 - 21:00The German Church

Mattias Lundberg | Photo: Katarina Lundberg

Peter Pontvik | Photo: Iman Khayyatan

Prof Mattias Lundberg and Peter Pontvik talk about the historical background to, and the music in Missa super Lauda Jerusalem from 1598 by Bertil Kellner - the oldest Swedish polyphonic liturgical composition with a known author. The mass, that has its world première on CD, is performed on the same day at 8 pm in the German Church by Ensemble Villancico (see also below). 

NOTA BENE! The lecture in Swedish is held in the Ledamotsalen, Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien (The Royal Academy of Music), Blasieholmstorg 8. More info here.

In cooperation with The Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Free admission.

15:30 - 16:30

•Coffee/tea, saffran bun, ginger bread, christmas candy.

•Included in the DUPLO TICKET! Other concert visitors 80 SEK (NOTA BENE! Only cash payment at the entrance of the German Church´s Parish Hall)

16:45 - 17:25The German Church's Parish Hall (2nd floor)

Helsinge Baroque Band | Photo: Elias Gammelgård

Helsinge Baroque Band invites you to a joyful music experience between the baroque and the folk music world, or as the ensemble expresses it: "Peasant Baroque and Gustavianism, from Swedish Hälsingland and elsewhere”. Baroque "polskor" (Swedish folk dances) are included, as well as music from the Düben collection and by Francesco Barsanti. 

Performers are Kristine West, flutes, Thomas von Wachenfeldt, baroque violin, Jonas Bleckman, baroque cello and Jonas Nordberg, theorbo & baroque guitar.

Tickets: 200 SEK (B-section) and 250 SEK (A-section)

17:30 - 18:30The German Church

Also this year we can offer our dear festival visitors a nice and simple dinner at Grillska Huset (Stadsmissionen) between the concerts. 


Address: Stortorget 3, in the heart of Stockholm´s Old Town. 

Choose between two dishes: a moderate vegetarian soup with bread or a non-vegetarian goulash stew.

Price: 175 SEK. Soft drink/light beer OR coffee included!

NOTA BENE!: PRE-ORDER closed Monday 9 December 3.00 pm!

18:45 - 19:45

Ensemble Villancico - Sveriges äldsta mässa | Photo: Emanuel Roll

Peter Pontvik | Photo: Sarah Tehranian

World première release concert! On the occasion of the very first CD-recording of Missa super Lauda Jerusalem by Swedish composer Bertil Kellner's (Bartholomeus Chellnerus),- the oldest Swedish liturgical vocal composition by a known author - Ensemble Villancico, conducted by Peter Pontvik, performs these mass with vocal soloists, brass ensemble and organ (Bengt Tribukait). A selection of motets, chorales and songs from the 16th and 17th century, discovered in archives of Västerås and Växjö (Sweden) will complete the programme.

The concert is introduced by Prof Mattias Lundberg and short speeches will also be held the event in honour.

Tickets: 220 SEK (B-section) och 270 SEK (A-section).

Ensemble Villancico
20:00 - 21:00The German Church

Per Gross, recorders | Photo: John Andresen

Johan Hansson Lindström, organ | Photo: ©Johan Hansson Lindström

Early Late Night Concert - early music in sleep mode. Round off the musical experiences of the day by sinking into a sound world where the queen of instruments meets a boldly drilling nightingale - thousand and one pipes!   The programme will include music by Sweelinck, van Eyck and Locke. As a listener you lie comfortably on a mattress, while enjoying live music in a relaxed atmosphere.   



Tickets: 160 SEK. Limited number of mattresses. Not included in the DUPLO TICKET.


21:30 - 22:15The German Church