Benny records choral album with acclaimed Swedish chamber choir

Gustaf Sjökvist’s Chamber Choir are recording music by Benny Andersson

Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör (GSKK), the renowned Swedish chamber choir that performed the vocals for Benny Andersson and Kristina Lugn’s Vilar glad. I din famn, during the wedding ceremony of Crown Princess Victoria in 2010, has recently recorded a selection of Benny’s music, with new choral arrangements by Anders Eljas, at RMV Studios in Stockholm.

Benny is excited by the project and has told icethesite about his involvement:

“Gustaf and I have talked about doing this ever since the Princess’ wedding,” he said. “We chose which pieces we wanted to record together and I then made rough backing tracks for the choir to sing to. Now that the vocals are done I will replace those tracks with real people playing,” he added.

Gustaf, Anders & Benny at RMV
Gustaf, Anders & Benny at RMV

Benny and Gustaf have not yet made their minds up which of the recorded songs to include on the album, but Benny says that it will be “a mix of stuff” from his existing back catalogue – so far he has not composed any music specifically for the choir.

“But we may add another track, that is if I can come up with a new song,” he said.

“It feels very good to hear my music performed in this way. The choir are so bloody excellent and Gustaf is a joy to work with,” he enthused.

It is anticipated the album will be released later this year.

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