The Real Group


We are our own genre
— The Real Group

The Real Group is a Swedish vocal group with five dedicated singers and musicians. The group has been touring for more than 30 years and continues to excite a broad audience all over the world. With a unique musical expression in a field between jazz, pop and Northern European choral music, The Real Group is considered one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music. 

 

History


The Real Group was formed in 1984 by five students at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. The original members were eager to explore the artistic world of vocal music with an emphasis on jazz, pop and folk music. The group quickly gained an international audience and has grown to become one of the cornerstones of modern a cappella. Today the legacy of The Real Group is maintained and further developed by worldwide concert tours, recordings, educational mentoring and published scores. The mentorship has evolved over the years and continuously seeks to integrate artistic aspirations with human rights, ecological awareness, global concern and a feministic mindset.

 

The organization is today owned and managed by Margareta Bengtson, Anders Edenroth, Katarina Henryson and Peder Karlsson.

 From left, Peder Karlsson, Margareta Bengtson, Katarina Henryson and Anders Edenroth.

From left, Peder Karlsson, Margareta Bengtson, Katarina Henryson and Anders Edenroth.

 

Former members


Margareta Bengtson was the soprano singer in The Real Group between 1984 and 2008.

Katarina Henryson was the alto singer in The Real Group between 1984 and 2016.

Peder Karlsson was the baritone singer in The Real Group between 1984 and 2010.

Jan Apelholm was the live sound engineer, recording engineer and co-producer of The Real Group between 1986 and 2015.

Anders Jalkéus was the bass singer in The Real Group between 1984 and 2015.

Kerstin Ryhed Lundin substituted in The Real Group when Emma was on maternity leaves both in 2010 and 2012.

Johanna Nyström substituted for both Katarina and Margareta during their maternity leaves from 1996 to 2000 and for a period in 2006.

Jeanette Köhn was the substitute for Margareta during 1993 when the group was working with Povel Ramel in the show ”Knäpp Igen”.