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A musical celebration of Swedish Lucia

A musical celebration of Swedish Lucia

Published: 13 Dec 2011 17:27 GMT+01:00
Updated: 13 Dec 2011 17:27 GMT+01:00

Going to a Lucia concert is a popular mid-December activity in Sweden, and the Lucia concerts held at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm seem to be a favourite for many.

The concerts, consisting of traditional Lucia and Christmas songs, are considered to be the largest Lucia concert in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The choir is comprised of approximately 1,200 children and young people from Adolf Fredrik’s Music Classes and Kungsholm’s Music Gymnasiet, and is accompanied by the Stockholm Philharmonic Wind Orchestra.

This year more then 9,000 people attended each of the concerts, held the weekend prior to Lucia Day, December 13th.

But not all tickets were sold to proud family members and friends of the choir.

“I try to attend the concert each year," said attendee Ann-Christin Nilsson.

"It is always a treat at this time of the year”.

Choir leader Kris Grayborn, has travelled from Östersund in northern Sweden for the third year in a row to listen to the concert.

“I appreciate good music and this concert is the best we can hear of young people in Sweden today. It is of the highest calibre and with so many voices, it is just fantastic,” she said.

Paul Rapacioli (paul.rapacioli@thelocal.com)

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21:10 December 13, 2011 by Redbee
Beautiful ascetic sounds and harmony, in fact music to the ears .
18:26 December 17, 2011 by Value
@Redbee Indeed. Very beautiful.
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