Musikaliska – Sweden’s oldest and first concert hall

By on April 28, 2019

High-quality music activities will continue to be conducted in Sweden’s oldest and first concert hall, in the middle of Stockholm’s heart.

Musical at Nybrokajen 11 is a building-memorialed property and an important part of Swedish music history. It is Sweden’s oldest concert hall from 1878, built on behalf of Oscar II, where legends within Swedish music history have been trained (Birgit Nilsson, Jussi Björling, Sixten Ehrling and others) and here the first 26 first Nobel Prizes were distributed.

Musikaliska is today a highly live concert hall with concerts for children, young and adults in the genres of classical music, contemporary art music, folk and world music, crossover and jazz.

2013 considered an investigator in the report Statens Kulturfastigheter – selection and management for the future (SOU2013: 55) that the property does not need to be owned by the state for cultural-historical reasons. The owner, Statens Fastighetsverk, intends to sell the property on the open market. The Government has presented a proposal to the Riksdag to approve that the government through sales transferring the property.

– It is important that the house’s property owners safeguard this cultural-historical unique environment which is Sweden’s oldest concert hall. The broad music business that the residents of Stockholm and its visitors can enjoy at Musikaliska is extremely important for a vibrant cultural offering. The house is a center in Stockholm and the region’s music life for both children and adults, says Ola Bjerding, CEO of Musikaliska, Stockholm County Blåsarsymfoniker and County Music in Stockholm.

The Association of Stockholm County Blåsarsymfoniker, which has the lease agreement at Nybrokajen 11, conducts its musical activities here since 2011, which means concerts with Blåsarsymfoniker, under the direction of chief conductor Cathrine Winnes, but also chamber concerts, guest performances and various collaborations with freelance musicians and singers. Together with Länsmusiken in Stockholm and Musikaliska’s rental for external concerts, in 2018, they reached an audience of over 92,000 people.

– We are very proud of the music offering we offer on Musikaliska’s scene and we expect to continue to develop our business in the house through an upcoming lease agreement that runs from 2020 onwards, concludes Ola Bjerding.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm