Pohjalaisten Osakuntien Laulajat, POL, is a mixed choir that continues a long tradition of choral singing at the University of Helsinki. It first began as an all-male choir in the 1920’s. The Finnish name of the choir means roughly “The choir of The Osthrobothnian Students’ Association at The University of Helsinki”. The singers are mostly students coming from western and northern provinces of Finland. Nowadays POL has some forty members.
POL gives concerts regularly in Helsinki and makes tours in Finland and abroad. Besides concerts, the choir performs at different occasions, like those arranged by student organisations.
During the years POL has performed a great deal of Osthrobothnian folk tunes and Finno-Ugric peoples’ music as well as other “popular” music. In addition, POL has sung classical Finnish music, church music and medieval songs.
At the moment our repertoire consists of both pieces by Finnish classical composers (Kuula, Sibelius, Madetoja, Rautavaara) and late Renaissance music, such as Victoria’s second Requiem. Osthrobothnian folk tunes, arranged for mixed choir are also a part of our repertoire. The timeline of these songs reaches all the way from the 16th century until the turn of the millennium.
We practice on Monday evenings from 6 to 9 pm at Ostrobotnia (Töölönkatu 3 A (5th floor), Helsinki). For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.