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Centenary of the Republic of Estonia celebrated with concerts by Christian IV Vocal Ensemble

22.01.2018  17:48
Marking the beginning of the centenary of the Republic of Estonia, Christian IV Vocal Ensemble performed two concerts in Estonia on 18-19 January 2018. The Danish Embassy in Tallinn and the Danish Cultural Institute were delighted to begin celebrations in such a festive manner.

The programme of the concerts, titled „Music to Joy and Freedom“, in Kuressaare Castle and Tallinn Dome Church was inspired by the period of the Reformation and thoughts of Luther – symbolizing ideas of freedom and independence central to the Republic of Estonia. It included pieces by Michael Praetorius, Mogens Pedersøn, Mikkel Andreassen, Arvo Pärt and Ēriks Ešenvalds.

Christian IV Vocal Ensemble is named after the music-loving king of Denmark (1588-1648), who visited the island of Saaremaa in 1597. The ensemble was established in 2005 by conductor and harpsichordist Ruben Munk and unites eight professional singers at international level from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Their repertoire includes renaissance (1425-1625) a cappella music as well as more contemporary works.

The concerts were supported by Danish Arts Council, and Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik Foundation.


During the concert in Kuressaare Castle.


In Tallinn Dome Church.


The Ambassador congratulated the Estonian audience and the Republic of Estonia on the 100 years.


Christian IV Vocal Ensemble


The Ensemble together with the Archbishop Urmas Viilma and his wife, the Danish Ambassador Kristina Miskowiak Beckvard as well as the Director Simon Drewsen Holmberg and Project Officer Caroline Bilde Krogh-Jensen from the Danish Cultural Institute in Riga.