Haaslava Male Voice Choir
A short history of Haaslava Male Voice Choir.
Haaslava Male Voice Choir (established in 1923) is one of the oldest parish-based men’s choirs in Estonia. The main aim of the choir is to preserve, promote and develop the cultural traditions of the small nation of Estonia through the medium of music and song.
The choir has a long tradition and enjoys a rich social life having taken part in every Estonian national and local song festival. They also organise their own branded event each year – Haaslava Meestelaulupäev (Haaslava Male Voice Choir’s Singing Day) where, each spring, fellow male voice choirs are invited to spend the day singing under the pine trees at Kurepalu.
The choir has taken part in numerous international projects and festivals. In 2014, they were winners of a singing competition hosted by the Association of Estonian Male Voice Choirs.
The choir’s repertoire comprises over 100 songs ranging from classical to pop music.
Haaslava Male Voice Choir has 45 active members with an average age of 50. The men all share a common love of music, friendship and a desire to keep Estonian traditions alive. Their slogan is “One for all, all for one!”
Within the choir, there are also two smaller musical groups – a dance band and a double quartet called “Väike Punt” ‘(The Gang’).
This year the choir will celebrate its 95th anniversary with a jubilee concert at the London Estonian House on Wednesday 5th September 2018 before joining the European Estonian Song and Dance Festival in Leicester.
Kalev Lindal, the choir’s conductor since 1987, is a versatile musician and active public figure in the Estonian community whose main aim is to promote cultural cooperation both nationally and globally.