Well-known and less well-known Christmas songs mix with music by Schubert and Sibelius plus the beloved Swedish folksong Koppången. And there will be sing-along!
Elin Rombo, soprano
Margareta Bengtson, soprano and harp
Olle Persson, baritone
Bengt Forsberg, piano
Gregory Lloyd, piano and organ
More information about the artists
Elin Rombo is educated at Brandon University Queen Elisabeth II in Canada and at the Opera Academy in Stockholm, where she graduated in 2003. She already made her debut during her studies at the Royal Opera as Christa in Janácek's Fallet Makropoulos. Elin has received a number of scholarships and awards, among them the Jenny Lind Scholarship 1999, the Bernadotte Scholarship 2003, the Royal Academy of Music Scholarship, and the Birgit Nilsson Scholarship 2009. In November 2013 she was named court singer and in 2016 she was awarded the Litteris et Artibus medal.
In the autumn of 2020, Elin Rombo appeared in the role of Régine Saint Laurent in Rufus Wainwright's opera Prima Donna at the Royal Opera. In the spring of 2021, Elin played the role of Robert Lax as a young man in the world premiere of Philip Glass' opera Circus Days and Nights, a co-production between Cirkus Cirkör and Malmö Opera. The season before, Elin Rombo sang the role of Cunegonde in Candide at the Royal Opera. She most recently appeared in Allhelgonakyrkan 2018.
Margareta Bengtson is a soprano who is also a harpist. In 1984, she formed together with Anders Jalkeus and three other fellow students on "Ackis" vocal group The Real Group, which has achieved great success in Sweden and internationally and of which she was a member until 2006. At the same time she has worked as a freelance harpist and singer. She has recorded solo albums, such as Where the Midnight Sun Never Sets and Engang i Stockholm.
Margareta Bengtson performs as a solo musician with her harp or in various constellations, with pianist Elise Einarsdotter & bassist Olle Steinholtz, pianist Mathias Algotsson and bassist Josef Karnebäck, among others. Margerata has sung in big bands, for example with Bohuslän Big Band and Bue House Jazz Orchestra.
She most recently performed at Allhelgonakyrkan 2015 during the festival Kammarmusik från Norden.
Olle Persson, baritone, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and has, in addition to a diploma in solo singing, also a degree in music teaching and singing pedagogy from the said university. For many years, Olle Persson has been one of the most sought-after and committed Swedish vocal soloists in his genre. With an unusually broad repertoire, he has performed on almost all significant stages in the Nordic region. In addition, he has very often been involved in premieres and newer repertoire. At the Folkoperan, Olle Persson has since 1987 been a regular guest soloist with over 10 main roles. In addition to the collaboration with Folkoperan, Olle Persson has participated in a number of productions at the Royal Opera, Gothenburg Opera, Malmö Opera, Drottningholmsteatern and Norrlandsoperan.
He also plays the violin and sometimes performs in folk music contexts together with Lena Willemark. His latest appearance in Allhelgonakyrkan was at the Christmas concert 2019.
Bengt Forsberg, piano, is one of Sweden's foremost pianists, often performing unknown composers in the repertoire. Bengt is active both as a soloist and accompanist, in Sweden and abroad. His regular partners include mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, cellists Kati Raitinen and Andreas Brantelid and violinists Cecilia Zilliacus and Nils-Erik Sparf. Bengt has released a large number of CDs, several of which have received major international awards such as the Grammy and Gramophone's Recording of the Year. His acclaimed CD Neglected works for piano presents a wide range of undeservedly hidden female composers, such as Amy Beach, Ruth Sofia Almén, Grażyna Bacewicz and Valborg Aulin. Bengt Forsberg is KVAH's artistic director and has been responsible for chamber music in Allhelgonakyrkan for more than 30 years.
Gregory Lloyd is an organist in Katarina's parish and performs extensively around Stockholm. He is also the leader of the Katarina Vocal Ensemble and of the Stockholm Cathedral Parish Boys' Choir and performs lunch music on the organ in Katarina Church. Gregory has led several concerts in Allhelgona Church's chamber music series and participated in many chamber music festivals and Christmas concerts. He was a soloist in Bohuslav Martinus' harpsichord concerto at the 2011 festival, Tones from the Czech Republic, and was one of the pianists at the 2012 festival, American Dreams.