The Academic Male Choir of Tallinn University of Technology in cooperation with Stora Enso has an almost 20 year-long tradition of contributing to the growth of Estonian forests. It is customary to plant a new patch of trees annually; this year, the planting day was held in Roosna-Alliku.
According to the conductor of the Male Choir, Heldur Harry Põlda, both the forest and choral singing play a very important role in the national psyche of Estonians. Song makes the heart sing and brings freedom to our country; forests offer refuge to a troubled mind or during anxious times. This is why the 3,200 planted trees and 6,930 minutes of choir practice achieved during the past year are an organic part of the life of the Academic Male Choir of the University of Technology.
The forest planting day in Roosna-Alliku was equally beneficial for both for Stora Enso and the Male Choir, as nearly 100 people along with friends and families briefly escaped city life and got to spend quality time in the forest. A total of 3,200 new fir seedlings were planted during the day and the planters were taught new skills - how to manage and even survive in the forest, how to light a fire without fire-making equipment etc. Children participated in fun games and quizzes; the best received prizes. After the forest was planted, the bellies were full of soup cooked on a live fire and plank salmon cooked on coals, the discussions ended, the newly planted grove and those present heard a mini concert of the best male choir music.
If you also wish to take part in such collaborations and do something great with the male choir, come join the Choir or invite the Academic Male Choir of Tallinn University of Technology to give a concert. Find out more about the Choir at www.meeskoor.ee.