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Merry Christmas

Best wishes for a very happy Christmas and prosperous new year from Sibelius One!

We hope that you’ll be able to join us for the 2018 Sibelius Festival in Lahti. Dates and programmes have now been announced, and it’ll be an exciting event including a visit from Neeme Järvi and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra – so if you’re interested, please get in touch and make a provisional reservation. Click here for more information about Lahti 2018.

And why not treat yourself and your friends to an extra Christmas present? We recommend our new CD with Hedvig Paulig (winner of the 2011 International Sibelius Singing Competition) and Folke Gräsbeck – hear this superb singer on top form in an all-Sibelius programme. As a member, you even get a discount! Click here for more information about the CD.

Magazine, January 2018

The January 2018 issue of Sibelius One’s full-colour magazine is currently in preparation, with a selection of articles and contributions from eminent authors and scholars plus a listing of major new CD releases. Subscribers will receive the magazine in January.

To receive your magazine, make sure you select the ‘printed copies’ option when joining Sibelius One (just £5 for two issues).

If you would like to add the magazine to your existing subscription, or to purchase individual copies (£5 each plus postage – also available to non-members) please contact

Highlights of the forthcoming issue:

  • Sibelius’s music for ‘Everyman’  Eija Kurki
  • Sibelius and Busoni  Ernest Pauwels
  • The Spell of Italy  John Grimshaw
  • Jean Sibelius. Un Finlandais en France  Peter Frankland 
  • And the Sounds are Godlike: The Symphonies of Sibelius (Part Two)  Leon Chia

Click here for a listing of articles in previous magazines.

Lahti Sibelius Festival 2018

Lahti Symphony Orchestra / Dima Slobodeniouk. Photo: © Lahti SO/Juha Tanhua

Programmes and artists – including a guest orchestra and conductor – have been announced for the 2018 Lahti Sibelius Festival.

For more information about the music and about Sibelius One’s group visit to the festival, click here.


Dedicated to Sibelius

At the initiative of Sibelius One members Doug Whittet and Rob Ebbers, a list is being compiled of musical works dedicated to Jean Sibelius.

The current list is shown below. If you know of additions or other relevant information, please contact Doug Whittet by e-mail (click here).

The list will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.

To download the list as an Excel document, click here.

Composer Work Year Recording Comment
Bax, Arnold Symphony No. 5 1932 London Philharmonic Orchestra / Raymond Leppard (Lyrita)
Busoni, Ferruccio Orchestral Suite No. 2, Op. 34a 1905 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Neeme Järvi (Chandos) 4 movements each with different dedicatee (1st to JS)
Constant, Marius Hämeenlinna: An Imaginary Landscape 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Englund, Einar Ciacona 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Josephs, Wilfred In the North 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Melartin, Erkki The Melancholy Garden (for piano), Op. 54 1908 Izumi Tateno (Ondine)
Merikanto, Aarre Theme, Variations & Fugue for orchestra 1915 None? No commercial recording?
Musgrave, Thea Song of the Enchanter 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Nørgård, Per Aftonland (Songs from Evening Land) 1956 Helene Gjerris et al. (Dacapo)
Picker, Tobias Séance 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Rak, Štěpán Elegy for solo guitar 1987 Štěpán Rak (Nimbus)
Ruders, Poul Tundra 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Söderlind, Ragnar Symphony No. 8 (Sibelius in memoriam) 2005 Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Fedoseyev (YouTube concert recording) Quotes from Surusoitto; no commercial recording
Stenhammar, Wilhelm String Quartet No. 4 in A minor, Op. 25 1907 Stenhammar Quartet (BIS)
Tüür, Erkki-Sven Searching for Roots 1990 Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / Paavo Järvi (Virgin)
Vaughan Williams, Ralph Symphony No. 5 in D major 1943 Over 30 available!
Yuasa, Joji The Midnight Sun 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)

Lahti Sibelius Festival 2017 Review

Photo: © Lahti SO/Juha Tanhua

The Eighteenth International Lahti Sibelius Festival coincided with the centenary year of Finland’s political independence. In a previous year forty percent of tickets were sold to non-Finnish patrons, so its claim of international status is well justified. As usual concert tickets and hotel accommodation had been arranged at a special price for Sibelius One members. Click here to read the full review by Geoff Hayes.