It is with great sadness that we inform you that former IFCM Secretary General, Christian Ljunggren passed away on February 4, 2017, just a few days after his 75th birthday. Christian was conductor of the Adolf Fredrik Madrigal Choir for more than 50 years, and the Nicolai Chamber Choir since 1974. He was the first president of the Swedish Choral Directors Association (1986-1998) and president of KÖRSAM (1997-2004). He organized the 2nd IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music in Stockholm in 1990, a symposium that many still remember, and was IFCM Secretary General 1997-1999. The choral world lost one of its biggest supporters and most devoted servants. RIP Christian.
(the April issue of the ICB will include a longer obituary by Interkultur of which Christian was the Honorary President)