Kokkolan Lauluveikot (“Kokkolas Song Brothers”) was founded in 1928. It is the oldest Finnish speaking male choir in the Central Ostrobothnia region. The choir performs regularly in Kokkola and the local region and around Finland and abroad, mostly in Europe.
The choir has traveled to several European countries and also to USA and Canada. The first trip abroad the choir made was to Fredericia, Denmark in 1954. After that Lauluveikot has taken part in several Scandinavian Days events in the sister cities of Kokkola, Frediricia, Kristiansund (Norway) or Härnosand (Sweden). Latest trips have been to Fredericia in 2014. Our latest trip in Finland was to Lapland, the Yllas Acappellas choir festival in September 2014. Kokkolan Lauluveikot made his second visit to Vienna 2016, hosted by the friends’ choir Wiener Sängerrunde.
The choir has about 55 active members and two groups that mostly rehearse separately but perform together several times every year. The main choir sings all kinds of music and regularly co-operates with other local groups like the women’s choir Kokkolan Naislaulajat and the men’s choir Laulu-Jaakot from our neighbor city Pietarsaari. At one time the choir also has joint projects with Kokkolan Ääniaallot society (“Kokkola Soundwaves”) which seeks to advance the heritage of local popular and jazz music.
The very active Senior Choir is available for all all older singers also after they leave the main choir. The wives of choir members have their Laulusiskot (“Choir sisters”) group.
Since 2007 the main choir Kokkolan Lauluveikot is led by two music and choral conducting professionals, with close ties to Lauluveikot all the way from childhood; Mari Sillanpää and Heli Uusimäki. The Senior Choir was conducted by dir. cant. Erkki Keskinen from the founding of the choir in 1994 until 2017. Today the choir is led by music pedagogue Emma Räihälä.
Kokkolan Lauluveikot versus Laulu-Jaakot from our neighbor town Pietarsaari at “choir war” concert in 2012