Long Live Old Music: IX Aurore – Helsinki Renaissance Music Festival

We are thrilled to welcome Aurore’s listeners once again to the church of St. Paul! Due to the pandemic, the festival had to be moved from January to May but we were able to preserve the planned programme mostly intact.

All concerts in the Festival take place in the architecturally and acoustically magnificent church of St. Paul in Vallila, Helsinki. 45 minutes before each concert, audiences have an opportunity to meet the artists, hear a short presentation of the evening’s repertoire and instruments, and enjoy a cup of coffee.


Thu 19th May at 20 • The Plague Mass – Medieval cure for The Black Death

During the Black Death Europe was feverishly looking for any help for the disease. Pope Clemens VI, a self-appointed chief epidemiologist, arranged a Mass Against The Plague in 1348. To gain immunity you only had to attend the mass and burn a candle for five days. The opening concert of Aurore Renaissance Festival gives you a chance to experience the healing power of this music with masterpieces by Byrd, Victoria and Praetorius.

Performers: Chamber Quire Utopia • Ilpo Laspas, organ

Fri 20th May at 20 • The Prince of Music – 500 Years Since the Death of Josquin Desprez

On August 27th 1521 died the most renowned and influential renaissance composer in Europe, Josquin Desprez. His musical legacy could be heard throughout late renaissance, and even deaced later he was called musicorum princeps, the prince of music. This concert gives us a view to the works of this musical genious and his followers, including the motet Pater Noster – Ave Maria, which the composer himself wished to be performed to his memory by the choir of his hometown.

Performers: Ex Arte Lux • Mikko Ikäheimo & Kari Vaattovaara, lute

Sat 21st May at 20 • The Mystic Rose – Stile Antico (UK)

Stile Antico is one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles, renowned for vibrant and expressive performances of music from the Renaissance. In this programme, they explore some of the most glorious music in honour of the Virgin Mary, spanning three centuries and four countries. The selection includes a setting of each of the four great Marian antiphons sung throughout the church year, beautiful miniatures such as Morales’s Ave Maria, and William Cornysh’s splendid extended hymn of praise Salve Regina.

The singing in staggeringly beautiful’  — Sunday Times
‘It’s never a good idea to miss a concert from this British vocal ensemble: There are no finer singers of early music’  — New York Times

Performers: Stile Antico (UK)

Sun 22nd May at 18 • La Cité des Dames – City of Ladies

Italian renaissance composer Maddalena Casulana was the first woman whose music was published and printed under her own name. In the forewords she expressed her wish to “prove wrong the misconseptions of men” concerning the perceived difference in talent between genders. Why are female composers so absent from the repertoires of festivals and concert series? This program, designed by recorder player Sini Vahervuo, takes part in the ongoing discussion about the status of female composers and balances the statistics a bit: the whole concert consists of music by women composers of the renaissance era.

Performers: Duo Medieval • Ensemble Nylandia • Eloisa Consort

St. Paul’s Church


St. Paul’s Church (Paavalinkirkko), Sammatintie 5, Helsinki, is easily accessible by trams number 6 and 8 as well as a number of busses. See Reittiopas for connections.


Tickets are available in Aurore’s online box office and an hour in advance at the door (payment by card preferred).

  • single concert €25/20
  • festival pass €60/45

You can also purchase tickets at Lippupiste, who charge an additional service fee.

Renessanssimusiikkia Paavalinkirkossa ry.
VAT ID FI25853317
Co. Mats Lillhannus
Pääskyvuorenkatu 41 • 20540 Turku • Finland

The festival’s Executive Director is Sanni Antikainen