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Värinä Chamber Choir (in English ”Vibration” or, pun intended, ”in colour”) is a mixed voices choir located in Helsinki, Finland. The forty singers share a passion for singing and a love towards high class choral music.
The Choir was formed in August 2013, when a group of well-experienced choir singers wanted to create a new home for their singing activities beyond the student choir years. The Choir rehearses on average twice a month, usually on Monday evenings at Alppila Church.
The repertoire consists mainly of classical choral music from Renaissance up to today. Värinä aims to revitalise choral culture and has created e.g. a brunch concert and a dance concert. The choir also has participated in diverse music theatre productions, such as a Baroque oratorio and a Soviet operetta. Open-minded to many kinds of music, Värinä has also sung on the album 'Survive' from the well-known power metal band Stratovarius. The choir wants to share the enjoyment and pleasure of choral music with both experienced audiences and new, curious listeners, and thus, Värinä has sung to toddlers and prisoners alike.
The Värinä Chamber Choir cherishes a special Christmas tradition: an annual concert titled Peace, held in a dark church, lit by only a few candles. Their unique atmosphere has been recorded on an album that was praised by critics in 2019. In June 2019 Värinä received golden diplomas and highest points and was the winner of the chamber choir category in the International Anton Bruckner Competition in Linz, Austria. In year 2017 Värinä received two golden stamps in Tampere Vocal Music Festival.
Noora Hirn, founder and conductor of the Värinä Chamber Choir, has graduated as choir conductor from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. She studied choral conducting with e.g. Kari Turunen, Jani Sivén, Rita Varonen and Seppo Murto. As singer Hirn has studied with Katri Paukkunen and Teppo Lampela. In addition to Värinä, Hirn is the artistic director to student choir Savolaisen Osakunnan Laulajat. Previously Hirn has conducted e.g. Kumpulan kuoro and Vaskivuori Upper Secondary High School's chamber choir. In May 2016 Vaskivuori chamber choir under the lead of Hirn was nominated with the highest prize, 1st prize cum laude, in the jury concert of the European Music Festival for Young People in Neerpelt, Belgium. Hirn also works as journalist and record producer at the music department of the Finnish National Broadcasting Company Yle. She is as well one of the sopranos and founders of Uoma Vocal Ensemble, which specialises in Renaissance music.