In this page you´ll find the press kit as well as the festival introduction at a glance.
The Musical Programme
Sastamala Gregoriana has built a reputation for artistic excellence in its concert programme, promoting concerts that are particularly suited to the atmosphere of its host venue. These can be characterised as “early music” (from the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods), predominantly vocal, with sacred or “spiritual” (in a broad interpretation) qualities, performed by small professional ensembles. There is also a performance by the masterclass students, which many regular members of the audience have come to regard as a highlight of the week’s events.
Since its inception, Sastamala Gregoriana has also been a celebration of friendship and collaboration between English and Finnish musicians. The original musical director, Kari Kaarna, has strong professional connections with several English musicians, which led to inviting Paul Hillier and Andrew Lawrence-King to be guest performers in the first festival, with Hillier teaching a masterclass in early vocal music. This pattern has been continued in ensuing years, with other guest performers and teachers from England. Evelyn Tubb, Ansy Boothroyd and Michael Fields have performed both solo concerts and collaborative efforts with Finnish colleagues, and taught the vocal masterclass. Latterly, David Hatcher has been welcomed as player and teacher of the viola da gamba. Michael Fields has now been working as the Musical Director of the festival for several year, and he continues to teach the vocal masterclass in collaboration with Evelyn Tubb.
The Spirit of the Festival
All the elements above were woven together by the vision of the founders, Maiju Vuorenoja and Kari Kaarna, and are supported by a devoted and energetic team of volunteer workers. They combine to create a fifth element greater than the sum of its parts: an indefinable “ethos” or spirit, which makes Sastamala Gregoriana a special experience for all who attend it – audience and performers, students and tutors.
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Asemakatu 4, 38210 Sastamala
Tel.: +358 458 742 345
Executive Director Tiina Kuusisto
Tel. +358 45 8742 345
Artistic Director Michael Fields
Michael@musicalfields.org.uk (in English)
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