The chamber choir Viva vox
was founded in the spring of 1992. Since 1994 it has been the chamber choir of the Helsinki Cathedral. The choir is conducted by dir. mus. Seppo Murto.
The purpose of Viva vox is to revive and maintain a lively interest in choral music of different periods. The repertory includes both old and contemporary Finnish and foreign music.
Viva vox has recorded new Finnish sacred music by Erik Bergman, Einojuhani Rautavaara and Jyrki Linjama.
Besides church services Viva vox gives concerts in Helsinki and elsewhere in Finland. The choir has performed in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Iceland, Hungary and Sweden.
The repertory of Viva vox today encompasses church music throughout the ages, such as the Mass in B minor by J.S. Bach, the German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Requiems by W.A. Mozart, Gabriel Fauré and Joonas Kokkonen and Petite Messe Solennelle by Gioachino Rossini.
Smaller works, like cantatas by J.S. Bach and D. Buxtehude and a wide array of a cappella choir works are included in the repertory, too.
Two major works, The Dream of Gerontius by Edward Elgar and War Requiem by Benjamin Britten were included in our repertory in 2014 and 2017.
Gerontius was first performed in October 2014 in Gethsemanekirche, Berlin, together with Navichorus choir from Espoo, Berliner Kantorei choir and Berliner Sibelius Orchester, conducted by KMD Günter Brick. In Finland we performed it twice, in Espoo and in Helsinki, in November 2016.
War Requiem was performed three times in November 2017, first in Berliner Dom, Berlin, and later in Espoonlahti Church and in Helsinki Cathedral, in cooperation with the same choirs and orchester.
The choir has performed in a new Finnish opera "Luther" composed by Kari Tikka, in close association with The Finnish National Opera.