Helsinki Police Male Voice Choirsari2017-09-26T11:30:01+00:00
Helsinki Police Male Voice Choir was founded in the midst of the Continuation War in 1943, inspired by the spirit of national independence and the strengthening of the role of the Finnish language. It has been very active in recent times, with a repertoire that includes both a wide range of traditional music for male voice choirs and music in a lighter vein that helps where possible to emphasize the police perspective on various aspects of human life. This repertoire has been put to good use in performances of all kinds, including the annual Art goes Kapakka city festival in Helsinki and events arranged by various organizations and the police service itself both nationally and internationally.
The choir has taken part in numerous competitions both at home and abroad in the course of its history. It won the series B competition for male voice choirs at the Sulasol national vocal and instrumental festival in Finland in 1976 and again in 1982, came fifth in an international choir competition in Holland in 1979, and was second in the BBC´s Let the Peoples Sing cassette competition in 1981. It was voted Choir of the Year by the Finnish Association of Male Voice Choirs in 1993.
The choir has produced three records, made various other recordings and appeared frequently on radio and television. In 2016 a record will be released to celebrate Finlands 100 years of independence.
In 1998 the choir gave a concert at the stadium in Tampere together with the Finnish rock group Leningrad Cowboys, followed by three rock concerts at the Pori Jazz Festival. This experience introduced it to a quite new branch of music by which it could reach out to young people.
In 2012 the choir performed in St Petersburg as the first Finnish Police Choir in history.
The members of the choir are mostly policemen working in the Helsinki area, although there are also some office staff and retired members of the police force. Employees of the National Bureau of Investigation and the Eastern and Western Uusimaa Police Departments are also well represented in its ranks nowadays.