The Cadre Singers


mustpeade2 pThe Cadre Singers is a non professional male chorus of Finnish service  officers, either in active service or in retirement.  Singing tradition in choir among Finnish service officers is more than 200 years old and derives its origin from Haapaniemi Military Academy, founded 1779 , the first in line in Scandinavia.
All singers have had the same regular officer education at Military or Naval Academy in Finland and have made their career in The Finnish Defence Forces. They share the same patriotic values and traditions. Singing is their hobby and most of them already sang in The Cadet Choir as an officer cadet at Military Academy.

The music of this chorus wells forth from the patriotic spirit, from the respect for the generation who fougt the defencive wars for Finland, from the brotherhood among fellow officers and from the old chevalier and officer devotion and tradition.

Since its foundation in 1994 The Cadre Singers was conducted by Mr Urpo Jokinen (1920-2007), who was also a veteran of Finnish defencive wars in 1939-1944. Quite a few songs of this choir have been composed or arraged by Mr Jokinen. He was awarded the nomination as Honorary Conductor of the Cadre Singers.

The present conductor is Lieutenant Colonel (Cavalry, Rtd) Matti Orlamo. He graduated at the Finnish Military Academy in 1973. Beside his career as a regular officer he studied choir conduction at Klemetti Institute of Music in Helsinki. Today he is also the conductor of The Cadet Choir and the co- conductor of Viipurin Lauluveikot ( The Singing Fellows of the City of Wiipuri). The President of the Republic of Finland awarded him the honorary title Director Cantus .

The Cadre Singers performs  in some 20-30 events annually and gives traditional Spring and Autumn concerts in Helsinki. In addition to domestic events the chorus has made concert tours also in Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Poland and attended international choir festivals. It has published so far five CD- albums, two song books  and the historybook of the first decade of the Cadre Singers and The Cadre Singers 20 Years.


  Chairman of Board Maj Aarno Suorsa
tel 358 040 518 0456
  Secretary Col Matti Ropo
tel 358 500 545459

Col Kari-Pekka Rannikko
tel 358 44 2368678

  Treasurer (sales) Capt (N) Matti Mäkinen
tel 358 040 5926173

  Choirmaster LtCol Matti Orlamo
tel 358 50-5575577