Anniversary Concert Repertoire 1
In this discovery atelier you will learn all the songs for the ‘Happy Birthday, Estonia!’ anniversary concert, which will later be performed by the combined festival choir. Introducing a range of music, from old Estonian traditional songs to contemporary choral classics, Raul Talmar will teach and prepare participants to sing straight from their hearts.
Raul Talmar (b 1959) graduated from the Tallinn Music Academy as choral conductor in 1982. He sang in mixed choir Noorus since 1977 and was the choir’s principal conductor in 1991–2012. At present, he conducts the mixed choir K.O.O.R. and mixed choir of Tallinn University BFM Institute. Earlier, he has worked with the Academic Male Choir of the Tallinn University of Technology, the male choir of the Helsinki Trade University, the female choir of the Klementi Sewing Factory, the Pärnu Mattone Chamber Choir, the national girls’ choir Leelo, the Tallinn Russian Choir and Tallinn St. Charles Church Concert Choir. In 2006, he was nominated the Conductor of the Year by the Estonian Choral Association.
Since 1993, Raul Talmar has conducted mixed and female choirs at the Youth Song Celebrations and since 2004 at all Estonian Song and Dance Celebrations. In 2011 he was the artistic director of the Estonian programme of the 16th Gaudeamus Students’ Song Festival.
Raul Talmar is Assistant Professor of choral conducting in Tallinn University since 2008 and from June 2013 he is the President of Estonian Choral Association.