Her Majesty Queen Silvia spent her childhood partly in Brazil. In December 2013 she turned 70. I composed Criança (10 min) for choir a cappella, with lyrics in Brazilian Portuguese as a gift to her. On commission from The Royal Musical Academy. Many thanks to Anna de Geer and Gabrielle Iselius, who put me in contact with Childhood Brazil, from whom I got the authentic quotes for the lyrics. Gustaf Sjökvists chamber choir performed the piece on Silvia´s birthday – totally unexpected, one of the solo parts happened to be sung by me! – in The Drottningholm Castle Chapel. The choir is celebrating 20 years of singeing, and will perform Crianca again 5/4, Eric Ericsson Hall, Stockholm GSKK homepage

17 december, 2013