Chorus singing.


Hymn singing has an honoured place in Lutheran worship, and music more generally is a central feature of Finnish church life. Every parish hosts concerts and recitals on a regular basis. While the music at the main Sunday service is usually traditional, you'll find all sorts of special services with a variety of musical styles, including Choral Masses, Taizé services, and Metal, Pop and Dance Masses.

Getting involved in your parish's musical activities is a great way to get to know people. The parish cantor (church musician) often directs choirs and other musical ensembles, and may well be pleasantly surprised if you offer any skills you might have in the service of the parish's musical life.

Your local parish may have choirs for every age group, along with chamber choirs and smaller ensembles. You may also find music groups for young people, brass bands and even chamber orchestras. 

Choirs and music groups perform at church services, but they also give concerts and visit care homes and hospitals.