The chamber music series in Allhelgonakyrkan (The All Saints' Church) was started in 1988 by Bengt Forsberg and organist Wivi-Ann Axelsson. Allhelgonakyrkan is quite simply one of the finest spaces for chamber music in Stockholm, perhaps in all of Sweden. The size is perfect, seating a little more 250 people. The acoustics are marvelous, it makes no difference where one sits. The space can be filled equally well by a solo voice or instrument as by a chamber orchestra or a choir. The goal of the Friends of Chamber Music at Allhelgonakyrkan (KVAH) is to produce at least one concert a month to give everyone the opportunity to experience chamber music in this unique venue. In addition we have a summer festival each year.
The Friends of Chamber Music is a non-profit organization which produces and supports the chamber music series, in close collaboration with the Katarina Parish, which is represented on the board of directors by organist Gregory Lloyd. Support from the chamber music society's membership complements the board's and artistic director Bengt Forsberg's voluntary work.
The story behind Allhelgonakyrkan
The intention was to build a wooden church which after about 10 years would be replaced by a stone one. The architect Joel Norborg used a Swedish country church from the 18th century as his model. The church was consecrated in 1918 by Archbishop Nathan Söderblom, who also gave the church its name. The society owned the church and allowed Katarina Parish the use of it free of charge on the condition that the parish paid for operating expenses.
In 1930, when the church was in danger of being closed and torn down, the society "Friends of Allhelgonakyrkan" was founded. For many years the Friends paid the operative costs of the church and in 1958 the society received the church as a gift from the original owner. In 1972 the Friends passed on the ownership of the church to Katarina Parish.
The first concert in the chamber music series at the Allhelgonakyrkan was given in 1988. In 1999 the society KVAH "Friends of Chamber Music at Allhelgonakyrkan" (not to be confused with the earlier organization "Friends of Allhelgonakyrkan") was established.
Membership in Kammarmusikens Vänner i Allhelgonakyrkan, KVAH, is 250 SEK a year per person. Use PlusGiro-number 4875908-8 and write your e-mail address as well as home address. That way you receive information more quickly about coming events.
Pay now and your membership is valid until December 31, 2019!
*Membership is per calendar year.
Board of directors
March 2019 - April 2020
Chairman: Nils-Göran Olve
Vice-chairman: Allan Kanter
Treasurer: Per Bäckström
Additional board members:
Appointed by Katarina: Gregory Lloyd
Artistic director: Bengt Forsberg
c/o Nils-Göran Olve
Saltsjöqvarns kaj 5
131 71 Nacka
Activities for members
There are no planned member activities other than the festival in August but watch this space.
Past member activities - 2019
Friday, March 1 - Annual membership meeting (Allhelgonakyrkan - 18.00)
The meeting began at 18.00. Nils-Göran Olve was elected chairman and following the meeting David Matcheck och Christina Fleetwood were presented with flowers and gift cards. Then Bengt Forsberg, Cecilia Zilliacus and Kati Raitinen provided the musical guessing game.
Past member activities - 2018
Thursday, May 24 Member concert - (Högbergsgatan 15 kl. 19.00)
Ellen Nisberth, viola, Bengt Forsberg, piano
Sibelius – Two pieces op. 77: Cantique and Devotion
Shostakovitch – Viola sonata op. 147
Tchaikovski – from The Seasons: April, May and June
Monday, May 7 - Annual membership meeting (Högbergsgatan 15 kl. 18.30)
We started at 17.30 with a short bonus program: Cecilia Zilliacus, violin, Kati Raitinen, cello and Bengt Forsberg, piano, performed Amanda Maier's only piano trio which had only been performed publicly once in Sweden. It was planned for our Between Christmas and New Year's concert but had to be cancelled.
The meeting began at 18.30 and after the meeting Bengt and Cecilia performed additional music followed by a subsidized meal for 150 SEK.
Monday, February 19 - Member concert (Högbergsgatan 15 kl. 19.00)
Kati Raitinen played music mostly for solo cello
Anna Clyne (b 1980) - Rest these hands arranged for cello
Jean Sibelius (1865-1927) - Theme and variation in d-minor
Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016) - Solo sonata for cello
Giovanni Sollima (b 1962) - Arboreto Salvatico, with one section per tree (pine, yew, sequioia)
Kati, cello and recitation of Italian poetry
plus Jakob Koranyi, cello
Johan Ullén (b 1972) - Dark Triad – psychological tango traits
Friday, January 15 - Member concert (Allhelgonakyrkan kl. 19.00)
Ellen Nisberth, viola, Bengt Forsberg, piano
Vaughan Williams - Romance
Brahms - op 120:1 Sonata in f-minor
Percy Grainger - La Scandinavie (arr E Nisbeth)
... Short intermission
Schumann - op 73 Drei Fantasiestücke
Rebecca Clarke - Sonata for viola and piano
Sibelius - ”Säv, säv susa” arranged for viola
Bengt Forsberg, artistic director
Bengt Forsberg was born in 1952 and received his musical training at the Music Conservatory in Göteborg, where he graduated with a degree in piano as well as organ and cantorship. He continued his studies with internationally recognized pianists.
Bengt Forsberg has achieved a unique position in the musical life of Sweden as a pianist, chamber musician and accompanist, including a long collaboration with Anne Sofie von Otter. His repertoire is unusually broad and planning discussions with the board take up both works by little known composers and little known works by well known composers. The result is wonderful concerts with many of Sweden's finest musicians.