From its foundation Raahe Laulutoverit has performed every year on the 1st of May at the Finnish Civil War Memorial in Haarala cemetery, Raahe. It is thus natural that it has its own representative on the memorial restoration committee. Lauri Maarala the choir’s long term treasurer.
The Raahe Prison Camp Memorial Commission was set up to provide an appropriate memorial to the 142-anonymous deceased buried in Haarala Cemetery in 1918. The Memorial, which was unveiled in 1951, and does not have the names of the deceased mainly from the Tampere region, desperately needs restoration. Additionally, the names of the deceased persons in the Raahe prison camp who died from hunger, illnesses and victims of violence are to be placed on additional stones and placed next to the old memorial. The project will be implemented through grants, civic collection and voluntary work. The project has been started in order for the deceased to finally rest in peace, at least one hundred years after their deaths. The restored funeral momerial is due to be unveiled on 1 May 2018. The deceased will be blessed by the bishop of Oulu, Samuel Salmi, who is patron of the commission.
Almost all of the deceased names can be found here.
The choir has returned happily from a round trip to Southern Finland. The first call was a joint Coffee Concert in Loviisa with AV-choir, lead by Mia Aitokari. We now have a new Swedish language choir partner. The concert culminated with a beautiful joint rendition of Finlandia to honour the Finland -100 celebrations.
Due to popular demand there will be a repeat performance of "The Lonely Summer Waltz" Concert. Pauli Ylitalo will be presenting some extra material recently found on Lumisalmi's life and songs. Welcome to the extra performance!
“The Lonely Summer Waltz” Concert was performed to a packed audience of 381. Lumisalmi’s songs were accompanied by a personal profile as seen through the eyes of his good friend the choir leader (Pauli Ylitalo), the narrative contained a wealth of rare audio, pictures and video clips.