Pirkanpojat Boys Choir, based in Tampere, belongs to the elite among Finnish choirs. In their repertoire, one may hear a classical music tradition executed with the crystal clear skill by which the choir is known both nationally and beyond the Finnish borders. Pirkanpojat Boys Choir was founded in 1970. It is a classical boys’ choir with a mixed choir form, and collects singers from throughout the Pirkanmaa province of Finland.
Since 2007 the group has been one of the choirs of the Tampere Cathedral. The basic aim of the choir is to offer boys who have an interest in music, a challenging and diversified activity in a cheerful and supportive environment.
The choir’s performances are focused on traditional boys’ choir music. Large church music productions, Finnish folk music, contemporary Finnish music, popular music, operas, and patriotic music are all included in the repertoire. In the past few years the boys have been acquainted with W. A. Mozart’s Requiem, J. S. Bach’s “St. John Passion” as well as hit songs by The Beatles. The singing has also been enriched by some dancing and stage work.
The choir performs about 30-40 times yearly in the Tampere region, and participates in the Tampere Cathedral masses. The choir works closely with The Tampere Opera, Tampere Philharmonic, and the music and congress center in Tampere, Tamperetalo.
In the spring of 2008 the Pirkanpojat Boys Choir released its 10th recording ”Pirkanpojat Goes Pop” on the Alba record label. In addition, the choir sang on the Christmas CD released by the Finnish Red Cross in 2004, and on the CD produced by The Children’s Center. More information about the choir may be obtained from the choir’s web page www.pirkanpojat.com/PirkanpojatE.html
Pirkanpojat Boys Choir is currently undergoing a period of growth and development, and many recent competitive successes give evidence of this. In 2005 the choir received a golden stamp in the national choir festival, Tampereen Sävel. In the Madetoja men’s choir competition in 2005, an international competition, the young men’s choir of Pirkanpojat was awarded 3rd prize.
In April 2006 in Neerpelt, Belgium, the Pirkanpojat Boys Choir placed 3rd. In June 2006 the choir received first prize in the Klemetti choir competition. Finnish National Radio gave Pirkanpojat the title of Youth Choir of the Year in 2006-2007. This was the first time a boys’ choir had received this title.
In March 2007 Pirkanpojat received a valuable traditional choir appointment from the Tampere Disabled Veterans’ Fraternal Choir. In the midst of all this activity, the Pirkanpojat Boys Choir continues to keep the guiding principle of its founding, that being to give boys an opportunity to participate in the preservation and development of the sensitive and unique qualities of boys’ choir as a form of cultural expression.