The Gothenburg Boys' Choir was founded 1962 in the Gothenburg Cathedral by Ms Birgitta Persson, who conducted the choir until 1993. The choir has since then toured many countries in Europe, overseas and also the Australia and the Pacific. Since 1997 the Gothenburg Boys' Choir is a choir society, no longer linked to the Cathedral, but works strongly in its former tradition. The choir consists of some 70 boys and young men, all 7-25 years of age. It is the second largest boys' choir in Sweden.
The Gothenburg Boys' Choir is a well known music institution in the Western Region of Sweden. We collaborate with the Swedish National Symphony Orchestra and with the Gothenburg Opera House. Numerous national broadcasts and concerts in Sweden have been made the last few years. Boys from the entire region travel far every week to rehearse in our house in the historical centre of Gothenburg.
The boys usually enter the choir at the age of seven or eight, with rehearsals two days a week. They are taught to read music, voice production, music history and good self-discipline. At the age of ten or eleven the best voices are accepted into the Concert Choir, while the other boys go to the Chamber Choir for extensive training. During the fall of the voice, at the age of 13-15, the boys train separately in a group in order to know their new deeper voices. After one or two years they might enter the Chamber Choir as tenors or basses, and, if the voice is good enough, they apply for a position in the Concert Choir again.
The artistic director since 2001 is Ms Maria Forsström, born in Gothenburg. She has studied musicology at the Gothenburg University, has a MoFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Church Music and a Postgraduate Diploma of choir conducting from The Royal College of Music in Stockholm. One of her greatest interests is ensemble singing and renaissance music, which she has studied with The Hilliard Ensemble. She has also studied Baroque singing at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She has been assistant conductor for Morávska Filharmonie in Olomouc, Czech Republic, and is currently studying orchestra conducting with Mtro A. Polishchuk on a regular basis, at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg.
Assisting choir leader for the youngest boys is Ms Anna Svanström, educated at the Gothenburg Music College as a music teacher, specialized in childrens' voices. She has been espied performing musicals and teaching African drums aswell…
Göteborgs Gosskör Birgitta Persson, dirigent & Ingemar Edgren, piano.
N.B.: The name, "The Gothenburg Cathedral Boys' Choir" is a little bit different, but it is an alternative name, probably the one they had in 1992.