Kaija Saariaho memorial concert by Carice Singers

In this special concert Carice Singers will commemorate Saariaho's monumental contribution to music, and choral music especially, with her iconic works for voices and one of her powerful last statements to the world: Reconnaissance.




Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GE

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Widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of our time, Kaija Saariaho has left an enduring mark on the world of music. This concert, given by two ensembles and a conductor who knew Saariaho and who are passionate about the universe she created, aims to honour the Finnish composer’s limitless imagination.

Saariaho’s final choral work, Reconnaissance, described ‘a defining choral masterwork of our era’ (Classical Music Daily), contains an urgent message concerning mankind’s domination of planet earth. Dubbed a ‘science-fiction madrigal’, the five-movement work features quotations from the 1972 film Solaris and ends with a Requiem, which will have grave and intimate undertones in the context of this performance.

Alongside Reconnaissance will be Saariaho’s other choral milestones Nuits, Adieux and Tag des Jahrs and scintillating music from her contemporaries, Jonathan Harvey — with whom she shared a colour palette — and her former student Lotta Wennäkoski, whose Valossa will receive its UK premiere in this concert.

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