In times of darkness it's important focusing on the light...
It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn (Thomas Fuller)

To honor the Light I arranged a Concert for Light this past Thursday at Bromma Folkhögskola. My student singers got to choose music for heart and soul and performing the music in their own personal way. The concert became a moment for the inner self and for all thoughts and feelings running through the body and mind.
Thank you all performing for your dedication to this project and concert!

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Andreas Forsman, Joakim Holgersson, Kerstin Thörn, Hannah Holgersson, Anna Manell backstage att Stockholm Waterfront.

The last week has been filled with various music and musical meetings! I'm feeling blessed to live my dream combining all these ways of expression; through my voice, through teaching and inspiring new talents and through entertainment!

This past Wednesday I had a great morning at Bromma Folkhögskola, first talking about self-confidence versus self-esteem with music students, then having vocal coaching with the theatre students.

The rest of the day I spent at Stockholm Waterfront, soundchecking and rehearsing for a gala event produced by Lundström Event. I was lucky spending my day with such great and fantastic musicians and dancers! Joakim Holgersson (piano and music producer), string quartet (Kerstin Thörn, Andreas Forsman, Anna Manell) and Hector Lopez (dancer and choreographer) with co-dancers.
Thank you Tommy Lundström, Suzanne Lundström and Helena Wallman at Lundström Event for a fabulous night!

Hannah Holgersson with dancers performing ABBA at gala event, Stockholm Waterfront.
Hannah Holgersson with Hector Lopez and friends at gala event, Stockholm Waterfront
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Nicholas Daniel, Hannah Holgersson and Pascal Siffert backstage at Grünewaldsalen, Stockholms Konserthus.

This past Sunday I participated in the last concert of the Stockholm International Composer Festival dedicated to Thea Musgrave. It was an amazing and impressive chamber concert with Musgrave music from the 1950s undtil today.
I sang  A song for Christmas (to poems by William Dunbar) with brilliant pianist Stefan Lindgren. This song was composed during the late 1950s and is wonderfully built on twelve-tone technique.
Together with Nicholas Daniel (oboe d'amore) and Pascal Siffert (viola) I performed Snow to poems by Isaac Rosenberg. This piece was composed 2010 and the three melody lines are closely and beautifully entwined!

I want to give my warmest thanks to Norrköpings Symfoniorkester, to conductor Dalia Stasevska, to Stockholms Konserthus/Stockholm Concert Hall, to Stefan Lindgren, Pascal Siffert and Nicholas Daniel, and of course to Thea Musgrave for a wonderful production week during the Composer Festival 2018. It has been an honor!

Hannah Holgersson and Stefan Lindgren backstage at Grünewaldsalen, Stockholms Konserthus.
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Thea Musgrave and Hannah Holgersson at the Stockholm Concert Hall

It's a great honor to perform during the Stockholm International Composer Festival, and to get to know, to meet and to work with the composer Thea Musgrave herself! Yesterday I performed her Songs for a Winter's Evening to poems by Robert Burns, with Norrköpings Symfoniorkester conducted by Dalia Stasevska. These songs are painting the love of a young girl, then the journey through life and end in the love of the mature and wise woman. It has been fantastic to learn these songs and to be a part of the magnificent tonal landscape of Thea's!

Hannah Holgersson at the Thea Musgrave Composer Festival, Stockholm Concert Hall
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Hannah Holgersson singing with Norrköpings Symfoniorkester and conductor Dalia Stasevska

It's such a privilege to sing the magnificent music of Thea Musgrave! Today we continued to rehearse Songs for a Winter's Evening (to poems by Robert Burns) with Norrköpings Symfoniorkester conducted by Dalia Stasevska! Later on I went from Norrköping to Stockholm to meet with Thea Musgrave and as well with Nicholas Daniel (oboe d'amore) and Pascal Siffert (viola) to go through the piece Snow to poems by Isaac Rosenberg.
Tomorrow we'll do an open dress rehearsal of the program for Friday night. For more information please visit:
Norrköpings Symfoniorkester

Nicholas Daniel, Hannah Holgersson and Thea Musgrave at the Stockholm Concert Hall
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Hannah Holgersson, Stefan Lindgren and Thea Musgrave

Today I got to meet wonderful Thea Musgrave for the first time! I had a great moment with her and her husband Peter Mark going through some of the music for the upcoming concerts this week. I am performing at the Composer Festival at the Stockholm Concert Hall, and the spotlight is on Thea Musgrave and her amazing music.
Pianist Stefan Lindgren and I will do one of the songs for the Sunday concert; A Song for Christmas!

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Hannah Holgersson singing with Radiojazzgruppen at Uppsala Konsert & Kongress Photo: Stefan Holmström

I have really enjoyed these last days singing amazing jazz music from the 1960s! I got the chance to sing once more the beautiful piece Ljus tungt som bly by Jan Johansson (lyrics by Elisabet Hermodsson). The last time was during Östersjöfestivalen in August. During these new concerts with Radiojazzgruppen I also performed the piece Intermittent meditation över Dr Martin Luther King Jr by Georg Riedel.
Last night we did the final Jan Johansson Tribute concert at Uppsala Konsert & Kongress. Thank you all involved in this project! Thanks to all wonderful co-musicians, and special greetings to Georg Riedel (conductor and producer) and Lennart Åberg (producer).

Georg Riedel and Hannah Holgersson at Uppsala Konsert & Kongress
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Hannah Holgersson with Radiojazzgruppen at Fasching Jazz Club

What a great night yesterday at Fasching Jazz Club, Stockholm! The greatest co-musicians in Radiojazzgruppen conducted by Georg Riedel, a wonderful audience and a warm and inspiring atmosphere!
I am so proud to sing with Radiojazzgruppen again. Last time was during Östersjöfestivalen at Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, in August. During these new concerts I sing of course music by Jan Johansson, but also music by Georg Riedel!
Tonight we'll do this fantastic concert at Uppsala Konsert & Kongress.

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Hannah Holgersson singing Ivar Widéen Requiem with Essinge Kammarkör. Photo: Björn Ehnberg

I am rejoicing in the light. The light and the love are so much stronger than the darkness!
During these days of All Saints and days of All Souls, we light candles and focus on good memories and the love to one another. It's a great thing for me to honor all this by music and through my voice.
So, thank you Essinge kyrka, Essinge Kammarkör, conductor Espen Myklebust Olsen and Tobias Ringborg (violin) for a soulful and beautiful evening, with music by Ivar Widéen and Gabriel Fauré, among others.

Tobias Ringborg, Hannah Holgersson and Espen Myklebust Olsen at Essinge kyrka.
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Johan Wållberg, Maria Sanner, Hannah Holgersson and Thomas Volle after singing Requiem by Mozart at Uppenbarelsekyrkan, Saltsjöbaden.

May eternal light shine upon them...
Soulful music through Requiem by W A Mozart in memoriam of our beloved ones.

Thanks to all performing the Requiem yesterday in Uppenbarelsekyrkan, Saltsjöbaden!

Maria Sanner, alto
Thomas Volle, tenor
Johan Wållberg, bass
Saltsjöbadens Kyrkokör
Symfoniorkestern Pro Musica
Katja Själander, conductor

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The final applause, Immanuelskyrkan, Stockholm.

This past Thursday the Requiem by French composer Gabriel Fauré was performed at Immanuelskyrkan, Stockholm.
I had the honor singing the beloved aria from the Requiem; Pie Jesu, along with other songs by Fauré; Après un rêve and En Prière.

Performing with me were:
Immanuel Nova
Choir from Bromma Folkhögskola
Anders Anderson, barytone
Björn Gäfvert, piano & organ
Kristina Åkesson, conductor
Martin Åsander, conductor

From the left: Anders Andersson, Björn Gäfvert, Hannah Holgersson and Martin Åsander
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Hannah Holgersson and jazz ensemble (from the left: Mats Bergström - guitar, Christian Spering - bass, Peter Danemo - drums) Photo: Arne Hyckenberg

I feel so honored being a part of the Jan Johansson tribute yesterday night at Berwaldhallen! Another soldout concert during Östersjöfestivalen / Baltic Sea Festival 2018.
The audience was enthusiastic, listening to highlights from the music treasure of Jan Johansson, but also to discover some of his seldom performed pieces.

Hannah Holgersson performning "Ljus tungt som bly" by Jan Johansson. Photo: Arne Hyckenberg
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Revival of the music by Jan Johansson during rehearsal! Georg Riedel and Lennart Åberg, music direction.

Enjoyed the rehearsal yesterday with fabulous musicians, perparing the Jan Johansson tribute on Saturday, at Berwaldhallen.
I'm going to be a part of the piece "Ljus tungt som bly".
Musical directors are Georg Riedel and Lennart Åberg.

For more than 30 years, the legendary “Radiojazzgruppen” assembled the Swedish jazz elite, recorded dozens of albums and worked with the world’s leading musicians and composers. Among the many prominent musicians were Lennart Åberg and Georg Riedel who, for this first Baltic Sea Festival jazz concert, have gathered both old and new stars on the jazz firmament.

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Hannah Holgersson singing at season upbeat at Bromma Folkhögskola

This week is the upbeat of a new season and music year at Bromma Folkhögskola. I am one of the music teachers; focusing on singers, vocal technique, classical music and stage performing. I'm really looking forward to meet new students, to inspire and to get inspired!
During the first day at school the teachers contributed with some music. I had the honor singing with my brother in law, as well as great pianist; Joakim Holgersson.

Joakim Holgersson and Hannah Holgersson performing.
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Thomas Volle, Reine Brynolfsson, Maria Sanner, Staffan Liljas, Hannah Holgersson and Fredrik Malmberg.

Proud to be part of the Swedish premier of Journal by Claude Vivier! It was a successful night and both audience and critics were appreciating the music and the art by Vivier!

Review by Dagens Nyheter, Camilla Lundberg; "highest score".
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Rehearsal at the Stockholm Concert Hall, Grünewaldsalen.

Intense rehearsals this week of the fascinating masterpiece Journal, by the Canadian composer Claude Vivier. Tonight it's showtime! We are all looking forward to put all parts together and to get immediate feedback and reactions from the audience!

The soloist quartet; (from the left) Hannah Holgersson, Thomas Volle, Maria Sanner and Staffan Liljas
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Gabriella Lundgren (flute), Hannah Holgersson and Björg Ollén (flute)

When music and lyrics are a perfect match... The St John Passion story  was painted into breathtaking music by J S Bach during the full seated Good Friday concert in S:t Matteus kyrka, Stockholm.

St John Passion by J S Bach at St Matthew's Church, Stockholm. Photo: Anne Bylund
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Johan Christensson, Jakob Högström, Ivonne Fuchs, Hannah Holgersson and Erik Arnelöf

The Passion story comes very clear and close when you experience it in your own language and in a staged and visual version.

Rehearsal of St John Passion at Uppenbarelsekyrkan, Saltsjöbaden. Soloists are from the top and left: Johan Christensson, Jakob Högström, Erik Arnelöf, Hannah Holgersson and Ivonne Fuchs.
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The soloists Michael Axelsson, Hannah Holgersson, Carl Ackerfeldt, conductor Pär Olofsson, choir and orchestra, all greated by the audience! Photo: Björn Ehnberg

So proud to be part of Carmina Burana by Carl Orff this past Sunday in Oscarskyrkan, performed by young singers and musicians from Stockholm and Boston !

Hannah Holgersson, Carl Ackerfeldt and conductor Pär Olofsson during performance. Photo: Björn Ehnberg
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Hannah Holgersson in Hedvig Eleonora kyrka, Stockholm

Thankful for yesterday. A beautiful choral concert was held in Hedvig Eleonora kyrka, Stockholm, with Hedvig Eleonora Kammarkör and conductor Pär Fridberg performing. As the last piece they sung the magnificent ...a riveder le stelle by Ingvar Lidholm. As always it's celestial to sing the solo in the end. This time I sung the solo from the pulpit and the melody lines rised towards the stars.

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Hannah Holgersson with Linda johansson, clarinet

A full seated Konserthusteater greeted us in Karlskrona today! I did, together with brilliant Marinens Musikkår (The Band of the Royal Swedish Navy) and wonderful conductor Staffan Larson the last of our New Year concerts.

Konserthusteatern, Karlskrona
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Staffan Larson and Hannah Holgersson at Ystad Theatre

So good to be on the ground of Skåne County, where I grew up! An enthusiastic audience greeted us today at Ystad Teater!

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Rehearsal with Marinens Musikkår and conductor Staffan Larson

Such a joy seeing Marinens Musikkår/The Band of the Royal Swedish Navy again! It's now three years since we last met during Christmas concerts in Karlskrona.

Hannah Holgersson in beautiful Karlskrona
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Thea Musgrave and her music are in focus during the Stockholm International Composer Festival 2018. Hannah Holgersson will perform during two of the festival concerts:

Songs and orchestral dreams with Thea Musgrave.
Friday 23 November 2018 19.00
Stockholms Konserthus, Main Hall
Norrköpings Symfoniorkester
Dalia Stasevska, conductor
Ellen Nisbeth, viola
Hannah Holgersson, soprano

Songs by Thea Musgrave.
Sunday 25 November 2018 15.00
Stockholms Konserthus, The Grünewald Hall
Musicians from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Nicholas Daniel, oboe/english horn
Hannah Holgersson, soprano

More information on:
Stockholm International Composer Festival 2018 Thea Musgrave

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Jan Johansson Tribute at Fasching, Stockholm

16-17 November Hannah Holgersson will be a part of the Jan Johansson tribute in Stockholm at Fasching, and in Uppsala at Uppsala Konsert & Kongress.
In addition to the music by Jan Johansson, Hannah will also perform music by Georg Riedel.

Uppsala Konsert & Kongress

Performing are:
Georg Riedel - conductor
Jan Allan, Hans Dyvik, Nils Jansson, Elin Andersson - trumpet
Anders Wiborg - bass trombone
Amanda Sedgwick, Johan Alenius, Lennart Åberg, Fredrik Lindborg -saxophones/woodwinds
Rita Marcotulli - piano
Mats Bergström - guitar
Christian Spering - bass
Peter Danemo - drums
Henrik Frendin - viola
Hannah Holgersson - vocals

Jan Johansson tribute at Uppsala Konsert & Kongress
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All Saint's Day is approaching and it's the time of the year to enjoy all beautiful Requiem music!
Hannah will perform in the following:

Requiem by Gabriel Fauré
October 25, at 19.00
Immanuelskyrkan, Stockholm

Requiem by W A Mozart
November 3, at 18.00
Uppenbarelsekyrkan, Saltsjöbaden
Uppenbarelsekyrkan Calendar

Requiem Ivar Widéen
November 4, at 18.00
Essinge kyrka, Stockholm

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Some of Europe's foremost jazz musicians join forces in an unforgettable tribute to Jan Johansson, the jazz pianist and composer who was instruemtal in shaping modern Swedish jazz.

The concert is broadcasted live in Swedish Radio P2 August 25 at 18.55.
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On Wednesday May 16th the colourful masterpiece Journal by the enigmatic Canadian composer Claude Vivier will be performed at the Stockholm Concert Hall, Grünewaldsalen, at 19.00.

With actor Reine Brynolfsson as the narrator of Claude Vivier’s world, the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir presents under the baton of its chief conductor, Fredrik Malmberg: the majestic and innovative piece Journal from 1977, set to lyrics by Lewis Carroll and Vivier himself, as well as from the Bible.
Soloists are Hannah Holgersson (soprano), Maria Sanner (alto), Thomas Volle (tenor), Staffan Liljas (bass) and Mika Takehara (percussion).

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It's always a great honor singing the divine music of Johann Sebastian Bach! These upcoming weeks I am performing the St John Passion twice.

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Sunday March 11 at 16.00, Oskarskyrkan, Hannah sings the magical music of Carl Orff, in Carmina Burana.
Hannah Holgersson, soprano
Michael Axelsson, tenor
Carl Ackerfeldt, baritone
Youth choir from Stockholm and Boston
Stockholms ungdomssymfoniker
Pär Olofsson, conductor

More info at: https://welma.se/carmina-burana

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On Sunday, February 18th, Hannah is once again performing the masterpiece ...a riveder le stelle! by Ingvar Lidholm. This time with Hervig Eleonora Kammarkör and conductor Pär Fridberg.
More info on: https://www.facebook.com/HedvigEleonoraKK/

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