MM is a prominent Finnish male voice choir located in Helsinki. The choir was founded in 1878 and has just celebrated its 130-year anniversawith several concerts and events. The letters MM stand for "Merry Musicians" and the name is taken from the choir's own honorary song.The founding members initially named their chorus "P.C." which was short for Petersburg Concert. The name referred to a planned concert trip to St Petersburg, which never materialized. The choir survived, and gave its first performance May 11th 1878 and later took the name Sällskapet MM (MM Society).
Sällskapet MM performed both at home and abroad, sang for the czar family at Petershof and in Finland, traveled to Moscow, Stockholm and Tallinn. In 1889 the chorus performed at the Word Fair in Paris, which at the time, boasted a brand new Eiffel Tower. Sällskapet MM has participated in intenational festivals and competitions. The most recent competition was XVII Concorso Intenazionale Di Canto Corale in Verona, where the choir was awarded a silver medal.
Annual domestic activities consist of tours in Finland and regular concerts in Helsinki. Above all the Christmas Concert at the Temple Church, which has become a tremendous public success.
MM proudly finds among its conductors several famous musicians. The first conductor and founder of the chorus was Gösta "Kösse" Sohlström. Among later names, Oscar Mechelin, Robert Kajanus, Nils-Erik Fougstedt, Bengt Carlson and Erik Bergman could be pointed out.MM has appointed Henrik Wikström as the new musical leader of the choir after Markus Westerlund who resigned 27.5.2010.
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