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SEMF 2021

Stockholm Early Music Festival 2021
1- 6 th June • Old Town

PLEASE OBSERVE: below you will find the anniversary programme for XX Stockholm Early Music Festival, 1-6 June 2021. However, due to the current societal situation, on-site ticket releases are delayed but you can already purchase online live streaming tickets to the main concerts. Please keep yourself informed via our website, newsletter and social media for the latest news. The site is being updated. All programme points are subject to change.  

Tuesday 1 June 2021 - Sunday 6 June 2021

LIVE STREAMING AND SEMFESTIVAL PASS 2021

Stockholm Early Music Festival - 20th anniversary!

A) INFORMATION ABOUT TICKET PURCHASES FOR ONLINE LIVE STREAMING

Long live SEMF! Live streaming has come to stay as a valuable complement to the on-site experience. Listen and watch selected SEMF concerts live via the internet!

HOW DO I BUY MY ONLINE LIVE STREAMING TICKET? You can already buy a ticket for the live streaming of your favourite concert today! Under the ’Programme’ tab and to the right of each programme item that is available for broadcast (under the usual ’Buy ticket’ button), you will find a BLUE ’Live streaming’ button. When you click on it, you will come to a page where you buy a link to the concert. The price for the live-streamed experience is 10 €, corresponding to about 102 kr, which you can pay by credit card. You will then automatically receive an email to your specified email address, with the link to the live-streamed concert.

HOW DO I BUY MY ONLINE LIVE STREAMING SEMFESTIVAL PASS? You do this by clicking on the BLUE ’Live streaming’ button HERE on the right. The price for all live-streamed concert experiences is a total of 50 €, corresponding to approximately 508 kr. IMPORTANT! The unpredictable development of the Covid-19 pandemic could affect the festival's programme content, so in purchasing the Online SEMFestival Pass you accept the scope and offerings of the event in its final form 1-6 June.

If you miss the live broadcast time, you can go to semf.se for 30 days from the event and buy the link to the recorded concert through the same procedure.

B) INFORMATION ON PURCHASING ON-SITE SEMFESTIVAL PASSES

Information coming soon.

19:00 - 21:00Live streaming
Tuesday 1 June 2021

Photo: ©Iman Khayyatan

 

Stockholm Early Music Festival inaugurates its 20th anniversary in a festive spirit. Welcome!

To attend the inauguration, you need a valid ticket (on-site or online) to the opening concert at 20.00.

SEMF blocks rows and seats in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enable physical distancing.

Subject to change.

19:30 - 20:00The German Church

Dmitry Sinkovsky | Photo: ©Marco Borggreve

La Voce Strumentale | Photo: © Emil Matveev

Inauguration concert with Vivaldi's masterpiece - for the first time at SEMF! The Four Seasons as you have never heard them before: exuberant, crackling, and virtuosic, as interpreted by internationally active violinist, conductor and star countertenor, Dmitry Sinkovsky's. With his impeccable technique and distinctive colourful appearance, he elegantly merges with his ensemble La Voce Strumentale (Moscow) into an energetic yet dignified body of sound. The programme also includes works by Leclair, Jacquet de la Guerre and Boismortier.

TICKETS • Online live streaming: 100 SEK • On-site: 490 SEK

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

Dmitry Sinkovsky

20:00 - 22:00The German ChurchLive streaming
Wednesday 2 June 2021

Huun Huur Tuu | Photo: ©JARO Medien GmbH

Exclusive thousand-year-old throat song from the Tuva region in Russian Siberia, a captivating sound cosmos that became an international success! Experience the mysterious and nature-inspired folk music tradition where a single singer sings in parts with himself! The Huun-Huur-Tu quartet has reconstructed and developed Tuva's ancient musical heritage and toured around the world with it since the 1990s.

TICKETS • Online live streaming: 100 SEK • On-site: 450 SEK

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

20:00 - 22:00The German ChurchLive streaming
Thursday 3 June 2021

Anna-Katarina Schatzl & Peter Pontvik | Photo: © Iman Khayyatan

Early Music in our everyday lives - sing-along - Baroquekaraoke

Anna-Katarina Schatzl & Peter Pontvik

Sing-a-SEMF

Celebrate SEMF´s anniversary by joining us! Many well-known early music loops surround us in our everyday lives without us perhaps being aware of it. Come, listen, sing out, remember or discover some of those together with no other than SEMF´s artistic director and assistant producer!

In Swedish.

TICKETS Online live-streaming: TBC •On-site: 100 SEK.

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change!

Anna-Katarina • Peter Pontvik

12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Vassilis Bolonassos | Photo: ©Mattias Ahlm, SR

MEET the Swedish Radio profile VASSILIS BOLONASSOS. 

In Swedish.

TICKETS •Online-Livestreaming: 50 SEK •On-site: 100 SEK

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

Vassilis Bolonassos

14:00 - 15:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Moritz Görg | Photo: © Björn Kadenbach

Michael Riedel | Photo: © Micheal Riedel

 

Since the 16th century, the trumpet has represented the glory and power of the court like no other group of musicians. Fanfares were performed at court festivities and ballets. The brilliant German Trumpet-Organ-Duo Görg & Riedel specialised on this repertoire, presents a multifaceted and virtuosic programme including works by Frescobaldi, D. Gabrieli and J S Bach.

In cooperation with The German Embassy

TICKETS •Online-Livestreaming: 100 SEK •On-site: 250 SEK

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

Moritz Görg • Michael Riedel

17:30 - 18:30The Finnish Church Live streaming

Von Otter, Rondeau, Dunford | Photo: @Rundquist, Rusanova, Benhamou

The versatile court singer Anne Sofie von Otter, one of Sweden's best known mezzo-sopranos, needs no further introduction. In this long-anticipated visit to SEMF, she enchants us with Elizabethan musical treasures of shepherd songs and love ballads, but also with Italian Renaissance pearls and a touch of baroque pop. With the suberb accompaniment of award-winning French harpichordist Jean Rondeau and theorbist Thomas Dunford.

TICKETS • Online live streaming: 100 SEK • On-site: 490 SEK

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

Anne Sofie von Otter • Jean Rondeau • Thomas Dunford

20:00 - 22:00The German ChurchLive streaming

Cantus Firmus | Photo: ©Michal Novak, Luis Calvente

EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT

Cantus Firmus

Gregorian Nights

At the EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT, you lay down comfortably on a mattres while listening to relaxed early music! Dream Away to a world of gregorian chant and cantus firmus, a medieval composition technique used in several masterpieces. The Ensemble CANTUS FIRMUS consists of three internationally profiled singers with base in Spain.

In collboration with the Embassy of Spain and PICE

TICKETS •Online livestreaming: TBC •On-site: 180 SEK. Limited number of matlesses/seats. Please note that the SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this performance!

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

Cantus Firmus

22:30 - 23:15The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Friday 4 June 2021

Heidi Rohlin Westin & Alexander Lundberg | Photo: © Heidi Rohlin Westin

Children's songs and instrumental music for the very smallest ones. Sing, listen and dance togehter with your child in this concert of early music nature. Heidi Rohlin Westin is a freelance musician and recorder player. Alexander Lundberg is an organ player and choir conductor, educated in Malmö and Paris. 

For children 3-7 months and parents. We are sitting on carpets on the floor. Please have with you your own towel or a lilttle blanket for your child. In Swedish.

TICKETS Online live-streaming: TBC •On-site: 50 SEK (adults).

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change!

Heidi Rohlin Westin

10:30 - 11:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Elisabeth Lutteman | Photo: ©Michael Kinmanson

The public theatres in Shakespeare's London resounded with voices and music. But what characters sang? What did they sing? Through examples from plays by William Shakespeare and his playwright colleagues, this talk explores song as a dramatic driving force and a dynamic moment of performance. Elisabeth Lutteman is a researcher and teacher in English literature and also holds a degree in music education.

In Swedish.

ADMISSION FREE.

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

14:00 - 15:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Tableaux Vivants | Photo: ©Sonia Ritondale

Direct from Naples! Caravaggio (A)live! transports the audience to a spiritual world, where visual and theatre arts overlap in perfect harmony. Using the tableau vivant technique, the actors compose Caravaggio's masterpieces with their bodies, creating strong but simple visual effects. The rhythmic flow of the performance is enhanced by (recorded) music by Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi, among others. LudovicaRambelliTeatro has been committed to preserving the art of tableaux vivants for the afterlife.

In collaboration with the Embassy of Italy

TICKETS • Online live streaming: 100 kr • On-site: 250 kr

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

LudovicaRambelliTeatro

16:00 - 16:40The Finnish Church Live streaming

LudovicaRambelliTeatro | Photo: ©Sonia Ritondale

Direct from Naples! Caravaggio (A)live! transports the audience to a spiritual world, where visual and theatre arts overlap in perfect harmony. Using the tableau vivant technique, the actors compose Caravaggio's masterpieces with their bodies, creating strong but simple visual effects. The rhythmic flow of the performance is enhanced by (recorded) music by Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi, among others. LudovicaRambelliTeatro has been committed to preserving the art of tableaux vivants for the afterlife.

In collaboration with the Embassy of Italy

TICKETS • Online live streaming: 100 kr • On-site: 250 kr

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

LudovicaRambelliTeatro
18:00 - 18:40The Finnish Church

Cantus Firmus | Photo: ©Michal Novak, Luis Calvente

EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT

Cantus Firmus

Gregorian Nights

At the EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT, you lay down comfortably on a mattres while listening to relaxed early music! Dream Away to a world of gregorian chant and cantus firmus, a medieval composition technique used in several masterpieces. The Ensemble CANTUS FIRMUS consists of three internationally profiled singers with base in Spain.

In collboration with the Embassy of Spain and PICE

TICKETS •Online livestreaming: TBC •On-site: 180 kr. Limited number of matlesses/seats. Please note that the SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this performance!

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

Cantus Firmus

23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Saturday 5 June 2021

Photo: ©Iman Khayyatan

An interactive crazy somersault in time, as well as an imaginative performance about the “La Folia” tune’s own musical history. Join two dancers and three musicians on their journey from rightnow to alongtimeago. A SEMF produced time adventure for everyone from 6 years. Directed by Emelie Wahlman.

In Swedish. With the support of Musikverket.

TICKETS: •Online live streaming TBC •On-site 50 SEK (children up to 12 years) 100 SEK (adults). NB! SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!

SEMF is blocking rows and seats in order to maintain physical distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

youngEMpower

10:00 - 10:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Photo: @Iman Khayyahtan

An interactive crazy somersault in time, as well as an imaginative performance about the “La Folia” tune’s own musical history. Join two dancers and three musicians on their journey from rightnow to alongtimeago. A SEMF produced time adventure for everyone from 6 years. Directed by Emelie Wahlman.

In Swedish. With the support of Musikverket.

TICKETS: •Online live streaming TBC •On-site 50 SEK (children up to 12 years) 100 SEK (adults). NB! SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!

SEMF is blocking rows and seats in order to maintain physical distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

youngEMpower

12:00 - 12:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Tableaux Vivants | Photo: ©Sonia Ritondale

Direct from Naples! Caravaggio (A)live! transports the audience to a spiritual world, where visual and theatre arts overlap in perfect harmony. Using the tableau vivant technique, the actors compose Caravaggio's masterpieces with their bodies, creating strong but simple visual effects. The rhythmic flow of the performance is enhanced by (recorded) music by Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi, among others. LudovicaRambelliTeatro has been committed to preserving the art of tableaux vivants for the afterlife.

In collaboration with the Embassy of Italy

TICKETS • Online live streaming: 100 kr • On-site: 250 kr

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

LudovicaRambelliTeatro

12:00 - 12:40The Finnish Church

Anniversary Exhibition

SEMF 2011-2021

20 years with SEMF!

Cheers to a mature youngster! - Stockholm Early Music Festival celebrates 20 years! Come and see posters, pictures and articles. Don´t miss the opportunity to buy the brand new anniversary book "Framtidig musik - Futurearly Music"

ADMISSION FREE!

In cooperation with Mäster Olofsgården.

SEMF

13:00 - 18:00Mäster Olofsgården

© Arne Hyckenberg | Photo: Susanne Rydén

Mark Tatlow | Photo: © Bo Ljungholm

Now almost forgotten, the play ‘Birger Jarl’, with music by Francesco Antonio Uttini and Henrik Philip Johnsen among others, and text by Gustaf Fredrik Gyllenborg after a sketch by King Gustav III, had its premiere in 1774. During this panel discussion, experts in 18th century opera will participate: Susanne Rydén, president of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music as a moderator, and Mark Tatlow as musical introducer and artistic leader of the musical elements of the seminar. 

Live streamed seminar. In English. ADMISSION FREE.

In collaboration with Royal Academy of Music

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

Susanne Rydén • Mark Tatlow

14:00 - 15:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Servir Antico | Photo: ©Evy Ottermans

Beautiful musical-poetic weavings around Christine de Pizan, the first female professional writer of Europe and the late Middle Ages. 'The City of Ladies' is a tribute to Pizan, with music by her contemporaries Gilles Binchois and Guillaume Dufay inspired by the phrasing of her texts. Multi-disciplinary artist and researcher Catalina Vicens brings together established singers and instrumentalists. The ensemble has toured in Europe and the USA.

In collaboration with The Embassy of Chile

TICKETS • Online live streaming: 100 kr • On-site: 250 kr

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

Catalina Vicens & Servir Antico

18:00 - 19:00The Finnish Church Live streaming

Photo: @New Collegium den Haag

Experience fireworks in this rare work by J S Bach in which the soloists constitute a crescendo in themselves. Bach's concertos for 2-4 harpsichords guarantee a memorable evening. The award-winning ensemble New Collegium (The Netherlands), led by harpsichordist Claudio Ribeiro, is acclaimed for its straightforward and precise interpretations as well as for its rhetorical freedom. Described by the French press as ’beautiful musical gratification’.

In collaboration with the Embassy of the Netherlands

TICKETS • Online live streaming: 100 SEK • On-site: 470 SEK

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

 

New Collegium (The Netherlands)

20:30 - 22:30The German ChurchLive streaming

Cantus Firmus | Photo: @Michal Novak, Luis Calvente

EARLYLATE NIGHT CONCERT

Cantus Firmus

Gregorian Nights

At the EARLY LATE NIGHT CONCERT, you lay down comfortably on a mattres while listening to relaxed early music! Dream Away to a world of gregorian chant and cantus firmus, a medieval composition technique used in several masterpieces. The Ensemble CANTUS FIRMUS consists of three internationally profiled singers with base in Spain.

In collboration with the Embassy of Spain and PICE

TICKETS •Online livestreaming: TBC •On-site: 180 kr. Limited number of matlesses/seats. Please note that the SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this performance!

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

Cantus Firmus

23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Sunday 6 June 2021

Photo: ©Iman Khayyatan

Early Music for Children

youngEMpower

An interactive crazy somersault in time, as well as an imaginative performance about the “La Folia” tune’s own musical history. Join two dancers and three musicians on their journey from rightnow to alongtimeago. A SEMF produced time adventure for everyone from 6 years. Directed by Emelie Wahlman.

In Swedish. With the support of Musikverket.

TICKETS: •Online live streaming TBC •On-site 50 SEK (children up to 12 years) 100 SEK (adults). NB! SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert!

SEMF is blocking rows and seats in order to maintain physical distancing according to the Public Health Authority in Sweden.

Subject to changes!

youngEMpower

10:30 - 11:15The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION

SEMF 2011-2021

20 years with SEMF

Cheers to a mature youngster! - Stockholm Early Music Festival celebrates 20 years! Come and see posters, pictures and articles. Don´t miss the opportunity to buy the brand new anniversary book "Framtidig musik - Futurearly Music"!

ADMISSION FREE!

In cooperation with Mäster Olofsgården.

SEMF

12:00 - 17:00Mäster Olofsgården

Olle Gällmo | Photo: ©Per-Ulf Allmo

Story Telling Concert

Olle Gällmo

The Swedish Bagpipe

Almost all Euroean countries have had their own bagpipe types and traditions, but most faded away as about the same time as the Swedish one. Why? And why did this not happen i Scotland?  

In this storytelling concert, the national fiddler Olle Gällmo plays early Swedish folk music and tells the fantastic story of how the bagpipe from the Swedish region Västerdalarna was rediscovered. 

In Swedish.

TICKETS Online live-streaming: TBC •On-site: 150 SEK.

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change!

Olle Gällmo

12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Lars Jonsson | Photo: ©Viktoria Lindholm

Did you know that Carmina Burana, best known as Carl Orff's choral work from the 20th century, is originally a famous medieval manuscript from central Europe with Latin hymns and folk love poems from the 13th century? Lars Jonsson, leader of the NoMeMus festival, talks about the wandering vagrants who created these and shapes and deepens the seminar with both live and recorded music and lyric examples.

In Swedish.

BILJETTER •Online live-streaming: TBC •On-site: 100 SEK

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change!

Lars Jonsson

13:30 - 14:30The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Hubert Hazebroucq, Julien Martin | Photo: @Regis d'Auteville

Commedia dell’Arte's colours and feelings, playfully mirrored in French-Italian Baroque  dance through Telemann's recorder fantasies. The theatrical Harlequin's talent for versatility is displayed as "stylus fantasticus" humour and mystery are given new life. The French company Les Corps Eloquents specialises in dance repertoires and styles from the early Renaissance to the late Baroque.

TICKETS • Online live streaming: 100 SEK • On-site: 250 SEK

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

Les Corps Éloquents

15:00 - 16:00The Finnish Church Live streaming

Photo: ©Daniel Dittus

Olé! When 17th-century Spanish musicians brought traditional rhythms from Naples, Portugal or South America into the fine rooms of the kingdom, a new world of music was created. ’Globalisation’ reached the court of Versailles and even greats such as J S Bach and Scarlatti wrote chaconnes, folias and canaries. Rediscover this passionate and improvisational repertoire as top Andalusian ensemble Accademia del Piacere performs with challenging musicality and impressive technique!

In collaboration with the Embassy of Spain and PICE

TICKETS • Online live streaming: 100 SEK • On-site: 470 SEK

SEMF blocks rows and places in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and enables physical distancing.

Subject to change.

Accademia del Piacere

19:00 - 21:15The German ChurchLive streaming