Filianna,  Lahti Female Choir, Finland

40 singers
Conductor: Sabrina Ljungberg

One night a week we forget we are teachers, supervisors, shopkeepers, doctors, interpreters, gardeners, mothers, daughters or sisters. We are human beings, grown up women and we get together to sing. For a passing moment we do not think about our children, our close ones, about our work and sorrows, about the day after tomorrow.

Our minds are captured by the richness of music: lightness of jazz, soothing folk songs, poetic rhythm of art music, grandness of festive music or just of a quiet story telling. The illusion created by the music and the picture of our lives grow to be more real than the life itself. Our songs are telling about us, about you and me, about truthful moments in life, future and past, about moments of happiness, about wishes and losses.

Filianna celebrated three years ago 90 years of singing. The decade of modernism created in Lahti, Finland this dynamic female choir in year 1923. The spirit of Lahti ladies singing together survived all through the periods of war, was untouched by the economic ups and downs throughout the years and lead the way to a new experience: celebration of 70th anniversary of the Finnish Women Choir Association. The jubileum concert was held March 22nd 2015 in Lahti Sibelius Hall

Filianna was for 15 years conducted by Maikki Autio. Her complete expertise as a music and drama teacher in Lahti theatre productions benefitted Filianna in many great ways. The choreography and general interpretation skills of the choir improved significantly. Maikki raised Filianna technical skills with her everlasting devotion and humor. It kept all singers committed and focused at the rehearsals.

Since August 2015 Filianna is conducted by Sabrina Ljungberg. Filianna stands strong. With roots in the past we keep reaching out for new artistic levels. We know there are great untold stories for us to tell. That is why we put our hearts together to speak out for what we believe is guiding our lives. Our lives, united, inside the music.

Kuva: PhotoDance Valmela