Former members
Katarina Henryson

Singing has been her chosen means of expression ever since her early schooling at Adolf Fredrik´s Music school, through her training at the Stockholm Royal Academy of Music and during the 1990´s when she was active as studio and backing vocalist in the fields of pop and soul. Since 1984, as one of the founding members of The Real Group, Katarina has contributed to the group with her flexible altovoice and distinctive stage presence as well as with numerous compositions. Katarina composes and writes lyrics with jazz and folk music forming the starting point of her music-making. Her vocal style is direct and artless and her singing has been described as ”soul –madrigal”.

Her experience as a workshop-leader with models for for choirs and vocal ensembles is as vast as the artistic career. Since leaving the group her energy is directed towards developing The Real Group academy.

In 2015 the Duo cd ”High Low Or in Between” together with Svante Henryson was released on BIS/Naxos with whom she performs on a regular basis in Sweden and internationally. Their most recent performances are Stockholm Jazzfestival and Umeå Chamber music festival where they form a trio with classicalpianist Roland Pöntinen. Another collaborationpartner is blues-jazz pianist Niklas Medin. Together with members of Rajaton, Vox North and Zap Mama Katarina is part of the A Cappella improvisation group Songs of The Moment Nordic.


Anders Jalkelius

Growing up in Tyresö (south of Stockholm) Anders was introduced to folk music early in life as a result of his parents’ great interest in music. At age 6 he began violin and piano lessons and was accepted to Adolf Fredrik’s School of Music as a 10-year old. He continued with nine years of studies at The Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm, where he and four fellow-students formed an a cappella quintet – The Real Group - graduating together at the Masters level. They then completed together a 2-year postgraduate diploma on a specially-designed course tailored to their vision.
In addition to his work within the group, Jalkéus has achieved other impressive academic qualifications, including Masters Degrees in classical solo singing and in music education, and Bachelor-level Degrees in organ playing and choir conducting. He studied choir conducting with Professor Eric Ericson, and also sang with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and The Swedish Radio Choir.

Since 1989 he has been a full time singer performing with The Real Group in more then 40 countries and recording more than 20 albums, a couple of which he has also produced. Anders Jalkéus has composed songs and written arrangements of well-known standards for The Real Group. During the last 10 years he has also been a frequent adjudicator and clinician in competitions the world over.

One of his earliest memories with The Real Group was their first live broadcast concert, when they had performed all their available repertoire and realized that with 5 minutes more broadcast time they would need to perform a song that they did not know well.

His broad musical interests embrace classical, jazz, folk and children’s music, and for relaxation he likes to play the accordion and golf (though not simultaneously!) and when possible maximise time with his family. At various times his alternate career paths could have been as an operatic soloist, a professional accordionist, or even a civil engineer (having studied for two years at the Royal Institute of Technology).

Peder Karlsson
Peder Karlsson studied classical and jazz composition at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm before graduating with a Master’s Degree in vocal group performance as one of the founding members of The Real Group. He was a major force in creating the Real Academy and organizing the first ‘Real A Cappella Festival’ in 2008, bringing together amateurs and professionals from all over the a cappella world, into a very much-praised atmosphere of non-competitive sharing and mutual learning. Among his many compositions the haunting folk-inspired Gøta has become a favourite at The Real Group concerts, as well as with choirs and vocal groups the world over.

After 26 years of singing with The Real Group, Peder now devotes his substantial energy to spreading inspiration in the world of vocal music, with The Real Group Academy, as a mentor with Perpetuum Jazzile from Slovenia, and through workshops and seminars all over the world. As a solo singer, guitar player and composer, Peder is currently collecting material for his upcoming album.

Margareta Bengtson
Margareta Bengtson grew up in a family of musicians south of Stockholm; her mother taught voice and her father played jazz. As well as singing and learning piano she also started playing the harp, which became her main instrument at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In 1984 she became a member of The Real Group, bringing her very high vocal range and a spectacular ability to imitate a flugelhorn. In 1997 Margareta was awarded ‘Best Female Soloist’ by the Contemporary A cappella Society of America.

In 2006 Margareta left the Real Group to develop her solo career. She works as a freelance harpist and singer, and her solo jazz CD (“I’m Old-Fashioned”) enjoyed very positive reviews in both Sweden and Japan. In 2009 she recorded a CD (“As We Are”) jointly with Swedish composer and jazz pianist Nils Lindberg, and continues to work in jazz and classical genres with a variety of bands, orchestras and choirs around Europe. In 2009 she also released a CD in Japan (“Where The Midnight Sun Never Sets”) and another in Sweden entitled “En gang i Stockholm”.

Kerstin Ryhed Lundin
Kerstin Ryhed Lundin has substituted in The Real Group during both of Emma’s maternity leaves. Kerstin was involved with The Real Group during their 2012 Vocal Festival in Stockholm, and also toured with them in Africa in 2013. She is a freelance singer who has worked with many Swedish artists over the years, and is also a singing teacher based in Stockholm. She recently also appeared as an actress in a Swedish TV series, and is married to Anders Lundin, who is a well-known TV show host, actor and film Director in Sweden. In 2008 Kerstin and her husband were appointed ambassadors for the town of Filipstad.

Johanna Nyström
Johanna Nyström grew up in the small town of Säva, near to Umeå in the northern part of Sweden. She has been part of The Real Group ‘family’ over many years, substituting for both Katarina and Margareta during their maternity leaves, as well as for a while after Margareta left the group in 2006. Then Johanna’s own maternity leave intervened and Emma joined the group. Johanna’s voice can be heard singing soprano on the track ‘Sankta Lucia’ on The Real Group’s Christmas album ‘En Riktig Jul’ recorded in 1997.