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Swedish choir celebrates ten years

Norrsång was created in 2012 by “a group of Scandinavian mothers missing home”
By Waltham Forest Echo

A concert by Norrsång (credit: Claire Dixon)
A concert by Norrsång (credit: Claire Dixon)

Walthamstow’s Swedish choir celebrates its tenth anniversary this month by staging a centuries-old Christmas ceremony.

Norrsång – which translates to “songs of the north” – was created in 2012 by “a group of Scandinavian mothers missing home”, allowing them to share their traditions with their new neighbours.

In the decade since, the choice has tripled in size and boasts members from many nationalities, who sing in cafes, churches, town halls and at private functions.

This month, they will stage three performances in a local church to celebrate Saint Lucia, an early Christian martyr who brought food to worshippers fleeing persecution in the Roman catacombs, lighting her way with a candle-lit wreath on her head.


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(Credit: Claire Dixon)

Choir leader Sara Jenkin said: “It’s such a pleasure to bring together this wonderful group of women to perform something truly magical.

“We promise an evening of songs absolutely guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas.”

Fellow member Karoline Toba, who joined the choir after watching a Christmas performance in 2018, added: “It was astonishing. I couldn’t believe how moved I was by the music. Two months later I joined the choir and haven’t looked back.”

Norrsång will celebrate with a candlelit performance and a Luciatåg procession, a tradition which takes place across Sweden, in three performances at St. Michael and All Angels Church on 9th and 10th December.

Find out more and buy tickets here.


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