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For the tour in Paris, Valkia has invited their first visiting conductor, French Chloé Dufresne, who rehearses and conducts the choir until the tour.
Dufresne is excited to get to know Finnish male choir culture and to take Finnish male choir music to France.
Valkia, conducted by Dufresne, can also be heard in Finland. On January 26th, 2018, Valkia performs in Töölö church together with female voice choir Kaari-ensemble.
After Paris, Valkia continues its journey with artistic director Saara Aittakumpu.
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Valkia is a Finnish male voice chamber choir founded in April 2016 by its members. The singers of the choir have backgrounds in the leading Finnish male and mixed choirs. While the best Finnish male choirs tend to be large ensembles of more than 50 singers, the leading thought of Valkia is to enable quality male choir singing in chamber choir size. As many of the members are long-time singer fellows, another important reason for founding the choir was friendship, which can be heard as unity and a sense of warmth in the choir’s sound.
Because of the member-led founding process and singers’ vast experience, the members have large role in setting direction for the choir. Among other things, the choir recruits new singers through collective decisions, has a strong role in choosing its repertoire, and employs – in addition to a chief conductor – visiting conductors on project basis.
Valkia’s repertoire consists of the gems of 19th and 20th century a cappella music for male choirs, spiced up with contemporary favorites. In line with the name of the choir, Valkia, which means “fire” or “blaze” in Finnish, the artistic goal of Valkia is to focus on the music itself, let it blaze in a moment, and fire up both the singers and audience.