Lillehammer Cultural School Symphonic Orchestra

For many years the Symphonic Orchestra has been an important group at Lillehammer Cultural School. The last years the orchestra has been developin, and now it is about 35 regulary members in the orchestra. For this tour to Estonia we have 30 musicians in the orchestra  including the teachers.

The joy of playing togehter is very  important in our orchestra. Mostly we choose well known music from different ages and styles  arranged for school orchestra level. But somtimes we also play the original music.

The orchestra has been our main contibution in the friendshiptown- cooperation for many years.

In 2000 we took part in European Youth Music Festival in Trondheim where we formed na orchestra togehter with Leksand. In 2001 we attended the Music Festival in Oulainen, in 2003 it was in Lillehammer and in 2005 Hørsholm.

And now we are very happy to take part in the Meeting of Young Nordic Musicians in Karksi-Nuia. For this tour the orchestra has prepared a program, but we also want to show som of the musicians in the orchestra as soloists and in groups.


At the concerts the orchestra will chose form this program:

Champagnegalloppen                              H.C. Lumbye

March to the Scaffold                               Hector Berlioz

Somewhere out there                               Horner/ Mann / Weil

Muppet Medley                                         arr.: Bruce Chase

Københavnermarsj                                    Axel Fredriksen

 The performers of Oulainen / Karksi 2006

 The 23 singers coming to Karksi are the older members of  Oulaisten Nuorisokuoro/Oulainen Youth Choir – one of the finest Finnish youth choirs, formed in 1972 by Mr. Tapani Tirilä. All choir members are girls and come mainly from Oulainen schools; the age range of the total choir is 11-21 years.

The choir is supported by the department of education in the city of Oulainen. The singers´s parents and friends have formed a registered society to support and help the choir to realize it`s activities

The diverse repertoire of the choir covers church music, classical masterworks, folk music and popular music. The choir also sings a lot of contemporary music and has commissioned and premiered works by Finnish composers.

The choir has received several notable awards both in national and international competitions. To mention some of the last decade – Oulainen Youth choir was “The Choir of the Year” of the Finnish Radio in 1989-1990. In 1998 the choir won the first prize in the youth choir and chamber choir categories and second prize in contemporary music in Canada, Powell River international Kathaumixw Choral Festival. In 2002 in national choral festival in Hamina the choir was nominated to the best, first category. – The choir has toured extensively in Finland and made 27 concert tours abroad – to most Europen countries, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Japan. The first tour to Esthonia was in 1980 as Finnish representative to the big Tallinn Song Festival and the second in 2004 to Tartu and Tallinn. In  1981 Oulainen Youth Choir hosted the Tallinn Ellerhein Choir in Oulainen during their first visit to Finland.

The instrumentalists of the group (corno, clarinet and percussion) study their instrument in local music institution and are all members of Oulaisten Puhallinorkesteri /Oulainen Wind Orchestra that holds a very long musical tradition.

 Mr. Tapani Tirilä, the leader of the group, is a master of music in the city of Oulainen. He is the founder and conductor of Oulainen Youth Choir. He is the head music teacher of Oulainen schools and nominated as the contact person for the musical collaboration between Hörsholm, Karksi, Leksand and Lillehammer.. He has established an individual system for more extensive music education in Oulainen schools. He is an active lecturer at choral workshops and adjudicator at choral competitions in Finland. – Besides Oulainen Youth Choir Mr. Tirilä has conducted a male voice choir for 15 years and a chamber choir for 7 years. In 2003 the Association of Finnish Choir Conductors granted him the honous of “The Choir Conductor of the Year”. – Since 2000 he has been the President of the Finnish Youth Choirs´ Association.


 Info about the Big-Band. The band has playing together for 4 years now and the members are musicschool students  from Leksand, age 14-18, The band is playing traditional big-band music, jazz from early 1930 to modern "jazz-rock" from late 1990. 4 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, piano, bass and drumset. Leader is Per Westblom.

Info about the folklore group. The group contains musicschool students in age 15-17 . The students are playing violin, wich is the over all common folklore instrument in the Siljan (Leksand) region. The group has also a "back upp group" with guitarr and bass. The repertoir is traditional folklore music mostly from Leksand. Leaders are Tommy Gjers and Erik Berg, both wery well known folkmusic violinists.  
Chamber orchestra of Hørsholm Music School

… consists of string-students of ages 13- 19 years.  Their concert programme includes music from Vivaldi, Debussy, Svendsen and Bartok. The conductors are Nina Hein and Per Johannesson.

Ensemble of Karksi-Nuia Music School „Kunileid"

… is playing together from 2001. The ensemble consists of violins, flutes, recorder, clarinet, guitars, accordions, contrabass and  jauram. The music consists of mainly of national and folk-music. The conductor is Vello Ainsalu and co-instructing is Ringa Vaiksaar.

In the common orchestra also zither-students from Karksi-Nuia Music School are participating. Their teacher is Pille Bergmann.
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