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Started in 1997

Ymna is a creative and dedicated choir on a high musical level, with about thirty singers (sopranos and altos). The name Ymna is ancient Nordic for ”anthem”. 

The choir was started in 1997 by its conductor Johanna Thür. Ymna belongs to Haga Church in Gothenburg, Sweden, where they sing regularly in the church services. Ymna also perform their own independent concert programs. 

Specializing in folk music and music by women

The repertoire is wide and spans several genres and eras, focusing on women’s music and stories through history. Ymna especially likes singing music of women from early renaissance to present day, and swedish folk music in arrangements by Johanna Thür. Classic women’s choir works are included in the repertoire, as well as new works, especially by composers from Gothenburg.

For many years, Ymna has worked extensively with Swedish folk music and old hymns. Johanna Thür continuously writes new arrangements for the choir based on melodies of folk music tradition, some of which have been published by Bo Ejeby förlag

Many collaborations

Over the years, Ymna has given a large number of concerts, in Gothenburg as well as around Sweden and abroad (eg. France, Poland, Germany and Lithuania). The choir has made ​​numerous close collaborations with different musicians as well as with eg. actors, directors, composers, artists and dancers. 

Records

 

Five records has been recorded with Ymna. The two latest (Allt för vår ljusa stjärna, 2016 and Med lust och fägring stor, 2018) are available on Spotify and iTunes, and they can also be bought as CD via Naxos Direct (here and here).