About the choir

The choir

Jubilate has since its foundation played an active and prominent role in the Finnish choral world, at first under conduction of its founder Astrid Riska (1968-2009) and then Timo Nuoranne (2009-2014). The choir has performed all around the world winning awards in numerous international choral competitions. Jubilate has published twenty records, several radio recordings and participated in many television performances. The choir has performed works of almost all Finnish choral composers; among them Einojuhani Rautavaara, Kaj-Erik Gustafsson, Lars Karlsson, Mikko Heiniö and Juhani Komulainen.

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Jubilate has performed choral music of many genres from the pearls of Gregorian chant to the colorful spectrum of contemporary music. The interpretation of text and its semantics has always been an extremely important part of the choir’s performance. Additionally to the choir’s prevalent a cappella repertoire, Jubilate has performed together with numerous orchestras conducted by leading conductors.

Today, the focus of Jubilate’s artistic expertise lies in Baroque music as well as in contemporary Finnish and Nordic music. The chamber choir – now in the mature age of 45 years – is now, however, aiming to new musical challenges with fresh eyes as Edward Ananian-Cooper has begun as artistic director of Jubilate in Autumn 2014.

The choir conductor

EdwardEdward Ananian-Cooper is an Australian conductor, currently studying orchestral conducting at the Sibelius Academy, where he has studied with Leif Segerstam and Atso Almila. In November 2013, he graduated with full marks from the Masters in Choral Conducting programme under Matti Hyökki. He has recently attended courses with Christopher Seaman as part of the Australian Young Conductors Development programme.

He is an active choral conductor, currently working as the artistic director of Akateeminen Laulu and Hiljaa Ensemble and in Autumn 2014, he began as artistic director of Jubilate chamber choir. At the beginning of 2012 in Australia, he was chorus master for the Adelaide International Festival of Arts. As a choral singer he sings regularly with the Helsinki Chamber Choir and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir in Vienna, and is a founding member of the English Vocal Consort of Helsinki.

Contact: Joakin Haldin, tel. 040 7162878, joakim . haldin (at) gmail . com