Musicians of the King's Road was awarded a grant from the
Pro Musica Foundation on June 7, 2012.
Musicians of the King's Road was chosen the regionally most significant cultural project in 2010 by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Varsinais-Suomi regional fund.
Turku 2011 Foundation has granted the Musicians of the King’s Road
the Teko 2011 Honourable Mention on Europe Day, May 9, 2009.
Not all orchestras and choirs are the same
The Musicians of the King's Road is a professional orchestra that was founded in autumn 2008. The orchestra gives concerts in co-operation with towns, municipalities, parishes and other cultural promoters in Finland. The size of the ensemble varies according to the piece performed from a trio to a large chamber orchestra, including a top-class chamber choir as performing force according to the requirements of the work concerned.
Why Musicians of the King's Road?
For centuries, the connection called the King's Road served as a postal route between Bergen in Norway and St. Petersburg in Russia and was used also by travelling royals, scholars and artists. The performing ensemble consists of musicians and singers living along this historical route. The goal of the Musicians of the King's Road is to bring quality concerts to various places where high level concerts are performed more rarely than in populated larger centres.
The special features of the orchestra are regionality, open-minded planning of repertory and a strong unifying force between choir and orchestra. Combining orchestra and choir into a unique, uniform whole is indeed one of the most outstanding qualities of the ensemble. In spring 2010 the Musicians of the King's Road initiated baroque orchestra activity in Turku by performing The Easter Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach.
In addition to well-known masterpieces, the repertory includes such Finnish and other European works that are rarely, or have, in certain cases, presumably never been performed in Finland. In programme planning the main focus is laid on the presentation of rarities.
Conductor Markus Yli-Jokipii was the artistic director of Musicians of the King's Road from 2009 to 2015.
Sami Palsio has been chief executive of the ensemble since it was founded and Maria Hjerpe serves as its associate manager.
Concert series presents rare instruments
In 2012, Musicians of the King's Road started a series of concerts that presents rare, almost extinct musical instruments for which works were written by many composers of the classical period. In the first concert, during the festival of the Night of the Arts, the solo instrument was the glass harmonica. In August 2013 the series continued with the visit of the Italian baroque bassoonist Paolo Tognon in Turku. In the Epiphany concert in 2014, when Musicians of the King's Road performed the Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, the orchestra included a historical serpent. The concert finished with Rondeau from Les Indes galantes by Jean-Philippe Rameau, and in this piece the instrument called Chinese hat was heard probably for the first time ever in Finland.
In August 2014, the founder of the legendary baroque orchestra La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, appeared as soloist and conductor with Musicians of the King's Road. Kuijken played both the violoncello da spalla and the baroque violin in the concert on the Night of the Arts. A year later, the soloist of the Night of the Arts was Eleonora Vulpiani from Italy, playing the seldom-heard instrument lira-chitarra.
Concert tickets and advance booking
- Ticket sales at the venue begins one hour before the concert.
- Advance booking of tickets via Lippupiste. Please note that there is not advance ticket sale available at all concert venues.
- When buying tickets at R-kioski you have to give the event number of the concert in question. The event numbers are indicated separately for each concert on the Concerts-page.
- It is possible to by an electronic Ticketdirect ticket (printtilippu) via the Lippupiste online store. The ticket must yet be printed out and the print-out shown when arriving at the concert venue.
- At concerts where three different ticket prices are mentioned, the categories are as follows: normal price / pensioners / students and unemployed.
- Concert tickets can be booked in advance by phone or by email.
- Concert tickets can also be bought with cultural vouchers (Kulttuuriseteli).
- To subscribe to a newsletter about upcoming concerts: contact Kuninkaantien muusikot, Tuureporinkatu 8, 20100 Turku, Finland or maria [dot] hjerpe [at] kuninkaantienmuusikot [dot] fi.
- Seat reservations and located places for disabled persons.
- The Musicians of the King's Road can be ordered for private occasions and company events on full service basis.
- It is possible for the Musicians of the King's Road to arrange concerts, festive events and parties at short notice. Complete catering services can also be added to all events.
Historical performance of a 400-year-old St Matthew Passion in Turku
In spring 2013, Musicians of the King's Road performed the 400-year-old St Matthew Passion written by the German composer Melchior Vulpius. According to historical sources, this was the very first polyphonic passion composition that was ever performed in Finland.
The performances were given within a liturgical context in four churches in Southwest Finland, all receiving remarkably large attendance.
On Good Friday 2014, the passion was performed in the Taulumäki Church in Jyväskylä. The performance received a huge success and a record audience of 600 listeners. A year later, on Palm Sunday 2015, the passion returned to the Vasa region in western Finland after an interval of some 300 years. The passion was performed in the church of Vähäkyrö, in a service that was attended by almost 800 people.
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Musicians of the King's Road played for the Swedish Royal Couple
Musicians of the King's Road performed a programme with music from the 18th century Royal Court of Sweden at a private event that was held in Turku Castle in early September 2012. The programme consisted of music written by Francesco Uttini. None of the compositions had been performed in Finland before.
The event that gathered participants from more than 20 countries was held in the presence of the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
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Musicians of the King's Road in the Capella Hall of St. Petersburg
Musicians of the King's Road, baroque orchestra, choir and soloists, performed in the sold out Hall of the State Academic Capella of St. Petersburg on 29 October, 2011. The St. Petersburg Capella is one of the most legendary venues in Russia, and it has been considered the face of the musical life in the country. Capella's history goes back as far as the 14th century. Several famous and important composers and conductors have worked with the Capella, such as Glinka, Paisiello, Cimarosa, and Rimsky-Korsakov.
The concert of the Musicians of the King's Road in the Capella was the very first in history when a Finnish ensemble ever performed in this Hall.