Sympaatti Choir

Sympaatti Choir


Sympaatti Choir is conducted by Pekka Nikula who also established the choir in 1981. The choir has adapted her name from the song “Sympaatti” by Aulis Sallinen. The singers of the Sympaatti Choir study in music classes in secondary or high schools in Tampere. Most of them have earlier been members of Tactus Choir for 2-3 years. Tactus is the children´s choir of the music classes in Tampere.
There are 28 singers aged 13-21 years in the choir at the moment. They are experienced , versatile musicians who form string quartet and various ensembles to accompany the choir when needed.
The goal in choral singing in Sympaatti is a rich vocal production, good expressiveness, liveliness, sensitiveness and musical talent.
Sympaatti has got a lot of critical acclaim both nationally and internationally for versatile choreographies and large choral productions e.g. “Adiemus-Songs of Sanctuary” by Karl Jenkins and “Suden aika - The Age of the Wolf” by Tellu Virkkala.

Sympaatti has succeeded in many international competitions and has toured most European countries, Kanada and South Africa.
Sweden 1985, 1993, 1997
Norway 1983, 1997
Estonia 1996, 1999, 2006, 2009
Germany 1985, 1998
Netherlands 1987
Belgium 2002
Czech Republic 1991
England 1984, 1994, 2007
Hungary 1988, 2003
Italia 1992, 2009
Spain 1995, 2005
Canada 1990, 2000, 2004
South Africa 1998

Kallaanlahdella 1986, Aamulla varhain 1989, Gaudete- joulunajan tunnelmia 1993,Ubuntu-Music education for a humane society 1998, Kun maass´ on hanki 2003 and Etähäll on miun emoni 2006

Highlights of the choir
• 1990 First prize in the contemporary category Kathaumixw Choir Festival in Powell River, Canada
• 1992 Second prize in a choir competition in Arezzo Italy
• 1994 Llangollen Wales: Second prize in Youth Choir Category, Second prize in Female Choir Category
• 1995 Youth Choir of the year 1995-96 nominated by The Finnish Broadcasting Company
• 1997 Finnish premier of Adiemus - Songs of Sanctuary by Karl Jenkins
• 1998 taking part at the ISME world congress at Pretoria South Africa
• 2000 Prize of honour given by the Finnish Broadcasting Company of the best choir CD of the year 1999
• 2000 Choir of the World Grand Prize and first prize in the contemporary category at the Kathaumixw Choir Festival in Powell River, Canada
• 2002 First prize in the Music festival of the European Youth in Neerpelt Belgium.
• 2006 First prize in the folksong competition of Pärnu International Choral Festival, Estonia





Pekka Nikula

Pekka Nikula


Pekka Nikula is the retired principal of the music classes in Pispa school, Tampere. He started his career in choral life by singing 11 years in the student choir of Tampere University. During many instrumental studies he quickly noticed that the choir is his real instrument. He has studied choral conducting under the lead of Harald Andersen and Ilkka Kuusisto. He established Sympaatti choir in 1981 and has conducted several choirs, ensembles and the Big Band of the music classes in Tampere. Nikula has also arranged a part of the choir´s repertoire.

Lotta Lintula
The former soprano of the choir, voice therapist Lotta Lintula has been working as the vocal coach of the Sympaatti choir from the year 2002




Celebration Program


Finnish Folk Song   Kosioretki
Finnish Folk Song   Kaipaava
Bob Chilcott   A Little Jazz Mass
1. Kyrie
2- Gloria
Annika Fuhrmann   Kukkui kaukaa kullan ääni
Loitsu kateuksia vastaaan
Tellu Virkkala   Tuulet



Additional Concerts Program


Aulis Sallinen   Lauluja mereltä
1. Älä tuule lyttö tuuli
2. Sympaatti
3. En minä meryftä kiitä
4. Balladi
Mia Makaroff   Sorg och glädje
Hvem styrde hit din väg?
Bob Chilcott   A Little Jazz Mass
1. Kyrie
2. Gloria
3. Sanctus
4. Benedictus
5. Agnus Dei
Annika Fuhrmann   Loitsu kateuksia vastaaan
Tellu Virkkala   Tuulet