Lights and Songs at St. Stephen’s Cathedral

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December 2022

Listen to a concert with Lucia-procession on the occasion of the Swedish Festival of Lights. Choirs from Sweden and the Czech Republic illuminate St. Stephen's Cathedral with Christmas spirit.

On 13 December, Sweden celebrates Sankta Lucia - one of the country's most popular cultural traditions. The Lucia celebration has its roots in a rich mix of pre-Christmas customs. During the longest night of the year according to the old calendar, people began to drive away evil and celebrate the return of the longed-for light and Lucia. The atmospheric Lucia procession is led by Lucia with candles in her hair, followed by maidens and star boys all dressed in white. Seeing and hearing the Lucia procession coming in the dark and singing in choir is one of the most typical Swedish experiences.

The concert is the result of a cooperation between the Swedish and Czech embassies. From 1 January 2023, Sweden will take over the EU Presidency after the Czech Republic for six months, and this evening represents a symbolic act of handover.

Adolf Fredriks Music School in Stockholm is the most prestigious music school for youth choirs in Sweden. The focus on choral music enjoys a high international reputation. The Czech Boys Choir Boni Pueri is one of the most renowned music ensembles in Europe. The choirs perform in North America, Asia and Europe.

Program and cast


Youth Choir of Adolf Fredriks School of Music
Karin Bjurvald, conductor
Jakob Grubbström, conductor
The Czech Boys Choir Boni Pueri
Marek Štilec, conductor
Pavel Horák, conductor

Programme and Duration

Youth Choir of Adolf Fredriks Music School

Sankta Lucia – Teodoro Cottrau, arr. Hans Kyhle
God morgon, mitt herrskap – Paula Müntzing, arr. Jan Åke Hillerud
Stig in Lucia – Solwig Hernth Grippe
Staffanscollage – Staffansvisor (Swedish tradition) - arr. Jan Åke Hillerud
Staffansvisa från Orust – (Swedish tradition) – arr. Karin Bjurvald
Sankt Staffans visa – (Swedish tradition) – arr. Helene Stureborg
Lux aurumque – Eric Whitacre
Det är en ros utsprungen – Melchior Vulpius
Veni, Emmanuel – (medieval French song) arr. Jan Åke Hillerud
Julsång – Hugo Alfvén
Bereden väg för Herran – (Swedish tradition) arr. Anders Bond
Gläns över sjö och strand – Ivar Widéen
Nu tändas tusen juleljus – Emmy Köhler, arr. Jan Åke Hillerud
Jul, jul, strålande jul – Gustaf Nordqvist

The Czech Boys Choir Boni Pueri

Ave Maria - Giulio Caccini, arr. P. Liebergen
Te Deum Laudamus (from Te Deum) - Antonín Rejcha
Messe in D-Dur – GLORIA - Antonín Dvořák
Vltava - Bedřich Smetana
Chtíc, Aby Spal- Adam Václav Michna z Otradovic
Čas Radosti, Veselosti - czech carol, arr. J. Krček
Byla Cesta, Byla Uslapaná - czech carol, arr. J. Krček
Hallelujah (from Messiah) - Georg Friedrich Händel

Youth Choir of the Adolf Fredriks Music School &  The Czech Boys Choir Boni Pueri

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Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
Sankta Lucia – Teodoro Cottrau, arr. Hans Kyhle

75 Minutes, no intermission

St. Stephen's Cathedral

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