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2009 Let the future sing

For nine intense days around the turn of the month May - June 2009 for the first time Let the future sing, the international children and youth choral festival was held.   In addition to all choirs from Adolf Fredrik's Music School, six of the world's leading children and youth choirs participated and together they formed a choir of 1,600 people.   
(For a presentation of the guest choirs, please click on the link to the right)

All corners of the globe
From the Riga choir's phenomenal discipline, acerbity and stringency to the South African Bloemfontein's greater fondness of dancing and free style - AF's international choir festival also got regular choir concert visitors to prick up their ears. For a few spring days, Stockholm echoed songs in languages and singing styles which are rarely heard in our capital.  

“Music is a universal language,” argues the project manager Helen Larsson. “With the Festival we can build bridges between cultures and people.”

It was not only Stockholmers who got access to the voluminous schedule.   In a collaboration with Rikskonserter (Concerts Sweden), the choirs toured across the country and it all ended with a large anniversary celebration at the School for all the participants.

The concept of organising an international choir festival to celebrate Adolf Fredrik's 70th anniversary is from the music teacher and choir conductor Bosse Johansson.  For a long time he has dreamt of giving more importance to music in schools and strengthening the significance of students' talents.   And this dream resulted in the Festival being named ‘Let the future sing.’ Bosse Johansson's vision is to show the music world that children can also sing at the highest artistic level.

“We strive to reach out specifically with this message - that they understand that what we are doing is far above the ordinary,” he says.

Cultural meetings
The choral festival Let the future sing is more than just an ambitious music event.  For the students at Adolf Fredrik it is naturally a brilliant opportunity to learn more about other cultures and for the teachers it is an opportunity to benefit from the sharing of their teaching practically limitlessly.  Each guest choir had four host classes which were together assigned to lodge the choir singers and naturally also have contact with the children in advance.

“It should not just be an affair limited to music,” says Helen Larsson.  “In this way students get the opportunity to study a certain country and a certain culture, it becomes something for everyone. In addition, our good singers must also be prepared to be a good concert audience,” she adds.

Bosse Johansson is clear about why influences from other cultures are so useful for young Swedish choir singers:

“Of course they might think that a Chinese choir sounds funny.  But it is not funny, it is just different. I don't know why but we are bad at accepting other influences here in Sweden, but that part is very important.”

The Festival's goal
LTFS is an international choral festival which, through the musical meeting, will enhance knowledge and result in greater understanding of different cultures. Both between the participating children and the youths themselves, and among the children and youth groups in the Festival's audience.

The Festival's purpose

  • The Festival is conducted to give students, staff, parents and invited choirs contact with and understanding of different cultures.
  • AF wants to share its international contacts with other choirmasters and choir singers.
  • AF wants to give the audience the opportunity to hear and experience children and youth choirs of a high quality from different cultures.






Choir singing - our tool

  • The Festival is a platform in which singing is key in the meeting between people from different parts of the world.
  • Choir singing requires collaboration. When different individuals sing together they together create something new.
  • Choir singing can give the individual practise on loyalty, solidarity and respect for the differences of people.  Mutual respect is the basis of a humanitarian society.
  • Music is a universal “language.” Playing music collectively removes differences (such as age, gender, religion and ethnicity) and instead places happiness, fellowship and solidarity in focus.

Festival jingle

Before the Festival a competition was announced in which students at AF were invited to write a jingle for the Festival.  Many wonderful contributions were received. The winning melody was written by Fabian Ovik Karlsson and Adrian Stymne in 8B.

Media about the Festival

In the programme Live Klassiskt, the radio channel Sveriges Radio P2 did good coverage which you can listen to here (30 minutes)

In the programme Mitt i musiken, the radio channel Sveriges Radio P1, had shorter coverage. 


City of Stockholm - Adolf Fredrik's Music School - Rikskonserter