Arctic Light in the region of Norrbotten

Arctic Light was formed based on the strong vision of the choir director, composer and artistic leader Susanna Lindmark. She envisioned a musical greenhouse for young women in the region of Norrbotten: a choir consisting of 16 members with a unique musical expression where the singers’ creativity would be able to reach its full potential.

The vision contains the idea of the choir being a safe creative zone where each singer is allowed to use their own personal voice and body, to make music at a high artistic level in a genre that is not normally a part of a young person’s day-to-day life. The artistic fingerprint of Arctic Light represents the type of choral singing that creates sensorial experiences on many levels for its audience.

Fifteen years later, they are still true to the original vision. Throughout the years approximately 75 female singers from the ages of 16-25 have had the opportunity of musical experiences to last a lifetime through their participation in Arctic Light.

Arctic Light is a choral ensemble within Norrbottensmusiken.

ARCTIC LIGHT COLLABORATES WITH GOTHENBURG OPERA’S YOUTH CHOIR

Giving young people the opportunity to grow in their music-making is a clear mission for Norrbottensmusiken. Through the vocal ensemble Arctic Light, which forms part of the region’s musical greenhouse activities, Norrbottensmusiken works long-term to develop and strengthen music life in Norrbotten and in Sweden.

This is what Arctic Light’s artistic director, conductor and founder Susanna Lindmark has to say about the coming year.

“We want to hear Arctic Light’s young voices ring out again – this time in an exciting collaborative project with the Gothenburg Opera’s Youth Choir where we explore opera as a form of expression.

In 2022, the opera project Existence will finally be properly launched. After a year of the pandemic and inclusive online creative work with the choirs, we look forward to Arctic Light and the Gothenburg Opera’s Youth Choir meeting and making music together. The show is based on new music and lyrics by John Barber and Hazel Gould, and by me, which will be rehearsed and developed by singers and musicians for the show. The director is Kjell-Peder Johanson and the artistic director is Ida Rosen Hamrå, alongside myself. The producer is Evelina Sandberg.

The performance premieres on 28 May 2022 at Gothenburg Opera’s main stage and will then be performed in Norrbotten at the beginning of June 2022.”

Arctic Light's artistic director Susanna Lindmark about the new project Existence.

Strengthen young girls

“As members change, each new term is a fresh start. But I am still completely faithful to the fundamental vision that the entire choir rests on, the foundations of the individual’s development, the regional identity and the strengthening of young girls. It has been the basis throughout.”

Susanna Lindmark, artistic director of Arctic Light

Susanna Lindmark, Norrbottensmusiken, 2019.