Sjaella – Nordic Night


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Internationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sjaella take audiences on a stunning journey through the ethereal sounds of the night-time.

Step into the atmospheric world of Nordic Night as internationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sjaella, takes listeners on a journey through the ethereal sounds of the night-time. Embodying a blend of youthful exuberance and refined artistry, their performances in renowned music festivals such as the Rheinghau Musik Festival, Budapest International Choral Celebration, and the Festival of Flanders are a testament to their reputation as one of the most captivating vocal ensembles of our time.

Drawing inspiration from the natural wonders and breathtaking landscapes of the Nordic region, Sjaella traverses contemporary and Baroque compositions with enchanting folk songs from northern Europe.

About the concert

Experience the luminous dance of the Northern Lights, as Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo takes audiences to his homeland. Immerse yourself in Meredi’s poignant serenade, Crystallized. Be enveloped by Henry Purcell’s Spirits of the Night as it casts a vivid depiction of the nocturnal world, coaxing clarity and warmth.

Settle under the twinkling stars, as Ēriks Ešenvalds’ enchanting piece for voice and wine glasses invites listeners to delve into the mind of Knut Nysteldt’s Sternenseherin, where a heartfelt admiration for the starry sky is revealed.

Sjaella curates an unforgettable musical experience where the majesty of natural wonders and mythological tales intertwine, where early and contemporary music harmonise, and where the rich tapestry of northern European folk songs unites cultures and hearts.

Praise for Sjaella

‘These women have something special together that comes out in every tone […], in every look that they exchange. […] An ensemble that has really found itself.’ – Leipziger Volkszeitung

Thanks to Goethe-Institut (German Cultural Institution) for supporting this tour.

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Viola Blache soprano
Marie Fenske soprano
Franziska Eberhardt soprano
Marie Charlotte Seidel mezzo soprano
Luisa Klose alto
Helene Erben alto


Ola Gjeilo
Northern Lights


Henry Purcell arr. Philip Lawson
The Fairy Queen Z.629, Act II: ‘See, even Night’
I Am Come to Lock All Fast
One charming night
Hush, no more
Text : A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Knut Nystedt
Die Sternseherin

Ēriks Ešenvalds

Traditional Livonian arr. Raivis Misjuns
Jōda, jōda, pǟva, juokšõ (Livonian Herding Song)

Norwegian Traditional arr. Håvard Gravdal

Traditional Irish arr. Michael McGlynn & Franziska Eberhardt
Our Wedding Day

Michael McGlynn

Traditional Icelandic arr. Christoph Julius Göbel
Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu

Traditional Finnish arr. Laura Jēkabsone
Kuulin äänen