Sunday August 18

12.00 Tjolöholms Slottskyrka


The Swedish Chamber Choir have performed at Change several times but for this performance they have prepared a special ‘smörgåsbord’ of choral masterpieces from the past 400 years – religious and secular works from the renaissance to the present day by a wonderful array of composers from Europe and beyond. All in the ideal venue of Tjolöholms Slottskyrka!

60 minutes  Tickets


The Swedish Chamber Choir
Victoria Stjerna – Violin
JanH Börjesson – Organ


Thomas Tallis                                                    If ye love me
Henry Purcell                                                   Funeral Sentences
Charles Villiers Stanford                          Ye choirs of new Jerusalem
Ralph Vaughan-Williams                          Lark Ascending
Wilhelm Stenhammar                                Tre körvisor
Sara Wennerberg-Reuter                         Motett
Felix Mendelssohn                                        Verleih uns Frieden

14.00 Tjolöholms Slottskyrka


It was Felix Mendelssohn who in the 1820s started the renaissance for Bach’s music which then never really stopped but just grown stronger. After that, each epoch has given its own view of Bach and in paticular his organ works. During the 19th century and the early 20th century, countless transcriptions and edits of his music were made. In addition, the tonal letters in his name gave material to a large number of composers to compose music over the tones BACH. Jan H Börjesson, organist in Kalmar Cathedral, presents a programme with music by, around ande based on Johann Sebastian Bach. Original works, edits and music from the tones B-A-C-H are presented on the palace chapel’s distinguished organ.

50 minutes – No entrance fee, take advantage of the presentation of a ticket to a festival concert

16.00 Manegen at Tjolöholms Slott


Åke Holmquist discusses the origin, significance and consequences of Beethoven’s 9th symphony.

Åke Holmquist is educated in Stockholm and Vienna and is a PhD in modern history. Holmquist held various positions at Rikskonserter 1971-1986 and between 1980-1986 he was artistic director. In the years 1986-1999 he was CEO and artistic director at Stockholm Concert Hall Foundation/The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm and took the initiative for annual recurring composer festivals. He was vice preses in the Royal Academy of Music 1998-2001 and its permanent secretary 2001-2010.

30 minutes – No entrance fee, take advantage of the presentation of a ticket to a festival concert

17.00 Magasinet at Tjolöholms Slott


Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is regarded by many as one of his greatest works and one of the most iconic pieces of western classical music. Leonard Bernstein performed the work to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall in a legendary concert in 1989 and the ‘Ode to Joy’ theme from the symphony has been adopted as their ‘Anthem’ by the Council of Europe. In the same spirit of unification we join together all the musical forces of the festival to give a memorable rendition of this piece in the ‘magasin’ at Tjolöholm. Local choirs join the Swedish Chamber Choir and a starry line-up of singers includes Karin Dahlberg. 

90 minutes  Tickets


Karin Dahlberg, soprano
Matilda Paulsson, mezzosoprano
Alexander Grove, tenor
Lars Johansson Brissman, bass
Musica Vitae
Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble
Change Festival Soloists
The Swedish Chamber Choir
Members from Varbergs Motettkör, Halmstads Oratoriekör, Härlanda Voces and Gothenburg Youth Choir
Simon Crawford-Phillips, conductor


Ludwig van Beethoven                                Symphony no 9, Op.125

19.30 Slottshallen at Tjolöholms Slott


It was Beethoven’s manuscript of his Piano Trio Op.1 No.3 that prompted Joseph Haydn to suggest that he shouldn’t have it published; he found it too shocking and too daring! Thankfully Beethoven’s stubbornness prevailed, and this is the music that launched his career. A few years previous Mozart had composed one of his greatest chamber music works, his String Quintet in G minor. This interesting combination of a string quartet plus an extra viola (Mozart’s instrument) was one of his favourites. In many cases it was a specific instrumentalist that inspired a composer to write for a different combination – Rossini’s Duetto for cello and bass was a commission for the double bass virtuoso Domenico Dragonetti (who once performed it together with Beethoven at the piano!).

120 minutes including interval  Tickets


Kungsbacka Piano Trio
Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble
Chiaroscuro Quartet 


Ludwig van Beethoven                                            Piano Trio Op.1 No. 3
Gioacchino Rossini                                                    Duetto for cello and doublebass 


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                                 String Quintet in G minor