We hope that controlled shouting might encourage workshop participants to have some profound thoughts about themselves, life in general and the universe.
Petri Sirviö, Director of Huutajat, Finland’s screaming men’s choir
Huutajat, Finland’s screaming men’s choir
What are the 10 Commandments of Huutajat, also known as Finland’s screaming men’s choir?
According to Huutajat Director, Petri Sirviö, Huutajat is a choir that doesn't sing a note. Between 20 and 40 decently dressed men enter the venue in a paramilitary manner and begin to scream, bellow and shout excerpts from national anthems, children's ditties or international treaties. In July they’re coming to London for a special Nordic Matters workshop at Southbank Centre.
- It’s taken us almost 30 years to perfect our screaming technique; we started in September 1987.
- Shouting and screaming isn’t a very good method for education; we need to remember that art and noise have different functions.
- Londoners watching us in performance won’t learn much. But they may feel more relaxed and released.
- We all know that London life is hectic, and there is often no space for thought or R&R. We hope that controlled shouting might encourage workshop participants to have some profound thoughts about themselves, life in general and the universe.
- We have proven that a controlled, loud voice can be used to purge bad energies.
- Participants of all ages and all backgrounds are welcome to join the shouting workshops; the broader the range the better the sound.
- It’s exhilarating when participants go a bit crazy; a recent highlight was hearing the punks from Oulu in Finland really go for it during a performance.
- Sometimes things go wrong, but perhaps too seldom! When a controlled and carefully trained piece collapses into a moment of uneasy silence it is always interesting.
- The choir has been strongly influenced by Britain’s parliamentary debates. Certain MPs and members of the House of Commons shout very well. But I won’t name names.
- It’s often asked if the choir like the sound that British football fan’s make. Well, we don’t like it that very much!