Savon Soitannollinen seura


Savonia Musical Society

Chamber Choir Ancora

Chamber choir Ancora was founded in 1998 in Kuopio, Finland, and the principal agenda of the choir has ever since been to be visible, audible and influential among Finnish choirs.

In 1998–2018 the Kuopion musiikinystävät (Friends of Music in Kuopio) Society functioned as the background organization of the choir. In 2018, the choir joined the new Society, The Savonia Musical Society as its vocal group.

Our singers live in the vicinity of Kuopio but we have members also in other parts of the County of Northern Savo and eastern Finland.

First performances

2003 Ilari Kaila: De Profundis,
in cooperation with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra

2005 Seppo ”The Baron” Paakkunainen: Christmas oratorio

2008 Petteri Nieminen: Three songs by Lassi Nummi

2014 Petteri Nieminen: The Bard of Gaul (based on texts in ancient Gaulish)

2016 Nieminen–Mattila:  The Shadows of my Hymns – a song cycle by Antti Holma

2018 Nieminen–Mattila: Huruslahti Lottery Funeral March (with musicians of the Savo Musical Society)

2018 Three songs from Aniara by Harry Martinson

Jussi Mattila has conducted the choir since its foundation.