In 2011, Tawakkol Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent work for women’s rights. Johannes Jansson wrote Peace Symphony, a large and important work for choir and orchestra, about this.
The lyrics of Peace Symphony, a work that was commissioned by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, come from the speech Tawakkol Karma made when she – at the time as the youngest person ever – received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for women’s safety and rights. In Tending Fields, Paula af Malmborg Ward depicts remarkable beauty pageant Miss Landmine, which was held for the first time in Angola in 2008, for women who have been injured in war and don’t live up to beauty standards. Judith Bingham’s impressionist Water Lilies and Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Die Erste Elegie, after Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies, complete the concert.
Texten i Peace Symphony, ett verk som beställts av Radiosymfonikerna, är hämtad från Tawakkol Karmans tal då hon, som den yngsta personen dittills, tog emot Nobels fredspris för sitt arbete för kvinnors trygghet och rättigheter. I Tending Fields skildrar Paula af Malmborg Ward den anmärkningsvärda skönhetstävlingen ”Miss Landmine” som hölls för första gången i Angola 2008 för kvinnor som skadats i krig och inte lever upp till skönhetsnormer. Judith Binghams impressionistiska Water Lilies och Einojuhani Rautavaaras Die erste Elegie, efter Rainer Maria Rilkes Duinoelegier, fullbordar konserten.
The Swedish Radio Choir is one of the best choirs in the world. Since 1925, it has performed new music and become an important instrument for contemporary composers, but it also has a strong voice when it comes to the classical choral repertoire. The choir received its international breakthrough under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson.
The Swedish Radio Choir is a mountaineer of the music world – it goes on ahead and decides the direction for others to follow. Several hundred years of Swedish a cappella tradition in combination with forward-looking and a culturally diverse repertoire, and collaborations with some of the best conductors in the world, have established the Swedish Radio Choir as one of the best ensembles of its kind. Through Swedish Radio P2, the choir reaches vast numbers of listeners on-air and online, as well as the concert audience.