THE STOCKHOLM BOYS´ CHOIR
The Stockholm Boys´ Choir was founded by Erik Algård in 1938. The choir has since then been widely appreciated both nationally and internationally. In 2001 the choir was appointed Choir of the Federation and Cultural ambassador within the EU, a title previously honored the celebrated King’s College Cambridge Choir and Le Choir de Montserrat. The Choir is protected by H.M. Queen Silvia. The choir has its origin in the classical English choral tradition, but its repertoire today spans over all genres. Roland Nilsson took over as artistic leader in 1968 and led the choir for 40 years until 2008 when Karin Skogberg Ankarmo became the new artistic leader.
Today the choir has approximately 140 members from the age of 8, divided into five choir groups and the boys even continue singing in a special choir group when their voices break, “Målbrottskören”. The concert choir, consisting of around 45 singers in the age of 10 through 37 years, tours regularly at home and abroad and has sung in most countries in Europe and in the U.S. several times. The choir have also been to festivals in China twice – in 2011 and in 2019.
The vocal training, which at times is very demanding, has by many been used as a platform for their professional, successful music and singing careers. The Stockholm Boys’ Choir is an important nursery for the regeneration of Swedish music.
The choir annually gives a large number of concerts in Sweden and participates in choral festivals. The Christmas concert in Gustaf Vasa Church and the spring concert at Nybrokajen 11 are held in Stockholm every year. The choir also performs in many churches and other venues, singing sacred as well as non-sacred music.
Karin Skogberg Ankarmo, Artistic leader and Conductor was born in 1973 in Stockholm and graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where she studied choral conducting with Stefan Parkman and organ with Torvald Torén. Since 2001 she is the organist of Kungsholms Church in Stockholm, and she has for some years been chairman of the Swedish Church Boys´ Choir Association. She is the author of the books “Do Re Mi 1 and 2”, educational choir material for children. In July 2008, she succeeded Roland Nilsson as the artistic leader of Stockholm Boys´ Choir. Karin also teaches Choir Methodology at the Institute of Ersta-Sköndal.