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Ringmasters Wins Orphei Drängar’s Kaggen Award

Ringmasters have been awarded Orphei Drängar’s Kaggen Award. The award was announced yesterday during Orhpei Drängar’s annual ball at Uppsala castle.

“As newly crowned world champions, this year’s honorees have placed themselves, as well as Sweden, on the world map of barbershop. It is the first time that a non-American men’s quartet has acquired this title.

Hallmarked by their crystal clear sound and original arrangements, the group continues to amaze audiences with resonant instrumentation produced exclusively by four voices. With Take 6 and Four Voices as inspiration, the group takes barbershop singing to higher levels.

Orphei Drängar is proud to present this years Kaggen-honorees: Ringmasters!”

About Orphei Drängar

Orphei Drängar, or OD, is regarded as one of the leading men’s choirs in the world. It was founded in Uppsala in 1853 and has cultivated and developed the Swedish choir tradition ever since. The choir has released some 20 records and has sold over 100.000 copies. It performs around 20 times per year, both in Sweden and abroad. His majesty the King serves as Orphei Drängar’s constant guardian.

Since it started in 1853, the choir has been expanding the scope of all of its activities – its repertoire, its concert forms, its venues. Tours of Sweden are complemented by far-flung journeys to Asia, the US, Canada, and Europe. Concerts at Royal Albert Hall in London, Lincoln Center in New York, and Symphony Hall in Osaka, alternate with performances in stone quarries and paper mills. Leading artists in Sweden jostle with internationally acclaimed stars like Malena Ernman, Peter Mattei, and Anne Sofie von Otter.

Folksongs and romanticism contrast with jazz, newly commissioned atonal music, lyricism, and Riverdance. But whatever OD sings, the sound is the same – OD’s unique blend of light young voices and older, more mature ones is the result of many years of work to refine the special instrument that is the male-voice choir. Rich tradition is the point of departure. From there, anything goes.