The churches of the Rapla County in Estonia will this summer once again be the home of the traditional and well-established Rapla Church Music Festival. The opening concert will take place on June 27that the Rapla Maarja-Magdalena church, hosting the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conducted by Risto Joost.
The festival is organized since 1993. It focuses on a rich heritage of sacral music repertoire. Co-foundedas as a collaboration of Finnish church musicians the festival is now established as one of the highlights of the Estonian classical music scene. At festival, over the years, top Estonian musicians as well as guest artists from Great Britain and Japan have performed and kept the tradition of church music alive.
The festivals main venue is Rapla’s Mary Magdalene Church, but events also take place in various small village churches and manor houses all across Rapla county and greater Estonia, including Tallinn and Haapsalu. One highlight of the festival will be a European gala on July 11th. The festival takes place from June 27thto July 14th.
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