So this July, SOTC are off to the Roundhouse in Camden to take part in a huge festival called ‘Voices Now’.

We are really going to be stretching ourselves with the repertoire for this gig, as we are singing some material that is waaaay out of our comfort zone.

One of the songs that we are going to be singing is a Finnish choral piece, written by composer, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi – who describes himself as an ‘eclectic traditionalist’: eclectic in that he adopts influences from a number of styles and periods, fusing them into his own idiom; traditionalist in that his musical language is based on a traditional approach and uses the resources of modern music only sparingly.

The piece we are singing is called ‘Pseudo-yoik’ – and according to the composer, the words are meaningless and exist only to give form to the music. This is quite a relief, as it means it’s probably not the end of the world if our Finnish is a bit rusty – and the piece is apparently a ‘humorous look at the stereotype of the Lapland folk music’. So there we go!