The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra prioritises collaborations with artists and conductors who travel to Helsingborg in other ways than by air. Against the background of the corona pandemic, this strategy has become relevant in a way that we could not predict when it was launched in the spring of 2019.


Traditionally, it is often said in the industry that classical orchestral music depends on aviation in order to deliver concert experiences at a high level. Studies show that a large part of the orchestra's climate footprint is attributable to transport and travel. It rhymes badly with the climate challenges we all face. We are convinced that there are plenty of competent musicians and artists within train, bus and boat distances. We therefore invite soloists, conductors and agencies who are willing to support our ambition that classical orchestral music should also be part of sustainable development. A central part of what is needed to meet the climate challenges is changed attitudes. A relatively small orchestra like ours, in a relatively small city like ours, in a relatively small country like ours, has a large international media impact. It has become apparent since this innovative news was released in 2019. We want to use that attention to bring about an increased insight into and changed attitudes to the climate issue.

The strategy means that the orchestra will draw a greater share of its artistic and creative power from closer quarters than before. This means that the orchestra can be connected in a clearer way to the place it runs from. Since Helsingborg is located in the middle of a northern European region filled with internationally viable, artistic competence, the conditions for maintaining and even developing the orchestra's quality are judged to be good.


We enter into collaborations with soloists, conductors and agencies who are willing to get to and from Helsingborg in other ways than by air. The habits are deep and in the wake of the corona pandemic, we are intensifying the work with attempts to move in a positive direction. The focus is on that prioritize modes of transport other than aviation. The times flights are still used, we try to collaborate with other concert halls to get tours where a flight is canceled in several places and concert occasions. Together with orchestras in northern Europe, we want to investigate other possible forms of cooperation to reduce CO2 - the imprints of the artists' travels.


Name: Katrine Garner Skaug
E-mail: katrine.ganerskaug@helsingborg.se