Classical music

Friday Lunch: In the Steppes of Sápmi

Part of Nordic Music Days

Hear one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles for new music, Exaudi, perform joiks, the traditional folk songs of the Sami people of Sápmi.

Traditional joiks are short melodies, performed without lyrics and with only a few words or phonetic syllables, and come from the sami people of Sápmi, the cultural region in northern Europe covering parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

This vast landscape is the inspiration for Swedish composer Ansgar Beste in creating the work opening this lunch concert. Other composers presented in this concert are Madeleine Isaksson’s Ciels, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's Song, along with Mette Nielsen’s work of the same name.

The music is presented by Exaudi, a vocal ensemble founded by James Weeks (director) and Juliet Fraser (soprano) in 2002. Based in London, Exaudi draws its singers from among the UK’s brightest vocal talents. Exaudi’s special affinity is for the radical edges of contemporary music, at home equally with maximal complexity, micro-tonality and experimental aesthetics.

Ansgar Beste (SE) In the steppes of Sápmi 11’
6 prepared voices

Madeleine Isaksson (SE) Ciels 12’
6 voices

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (DK) Song 12’
8 voices

Mette Nielsen (DK) Song 5’
8 voices

Dates & times

29 Sep 2017
Approximate run time: 60 mins
  • 1:00 pm


Royal Festival Hall
Central Bar Foyer, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall



need to know

This event is part of Nordic Matters, a year-long exploration of arts and culture from Åland Islands, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

before & after

Serves delicious, fresh food in an informal setting with great views of the Thames
Giraffe's all about freshly cooked food served to the sound of great music