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Lahti International Sibelius Festival 2016

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The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s 17th International Sibelius Festival will take place at the Sibelius Hall in Lahti on 8th–11th September 2016. The three orchestral concerts will be conducted by the orchestra’s chief conductor and the festival’s new artistic director, Dima Slobodeniouk.

Sibelius One will be organizing a group booking for the 2016 Sibelius Festival, for hotel accommodation and concert tickets. We should like to invite members to make provisional bookings now for this year’s festival. Please send your details to
gm@sibeliusone.com. In particular it is important to let us know which nights
you will require a hotel room.

Further updates and information are available on our ‘Visit Finland’ page (click here).

Programmes for the 2016 Sibelius Festival’s orchestral concerts

Thursday 8th September 2016, 19.00 / Sibelius Hall
Pohjola’s Daughter
Tapiola
Symphony No. 1

Friday 9th September 2016, 19.00 / Sibelius Hall
The Dryad
The Tempest, concert suite
Symphony No. 4

Saturday 10th September 2016, 17.00 / Sibelius Hall
Pan and Echo
Pelléas et Mélisande
Symphony No. 3

Chamber Concerts

Saturday 10th September 2016, 12.30 / Kalevi Aho Hall
Sibelius’s Piano Music
Johannes Piirto, piano

Sunday 11th September 2016, 11.00 / Sibelius Hall
Kamus Quartet

Dima Slobodeniouk (photo: © Marco Borggreve)
Dima Slobodeniouk (photo: © Marco Borggreve)

‘For the orchestral concerts at the 2016 Sibelius Festival I have chosen works from different periods that, I feel, speak to each other’, says Dima Slobodeniouk. ‘One of the programmes consists of works that Sibelius composed in successive years: Pelléas et Mélisande in 1905, Pan and Echo in 1906 and the Third Symphony in 1907. I feel that there is such a clear thread that unites them all that I could not fail to play them in proximity to each other. In the other orchestral programmes I have aimed both for contrasts and for musical affinities.’

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LPO/Vänskä Sibelius cycle

 

Osmo Vänskä (photo: © Juha Tanhua)
Osmo Vänskä (photo: © Juha Tanhua)

The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä will perform a complete cycle of Sibelius symphonies at London’s Royal Festival Hall in October 2016.

The music will be spread over four concerts what will also include the Karelia Suite and The Oceanides and important British music for string soloists and orchestra.

Music director of the Minnesota Orchestra since 2003, Osmo Vänskä is widely recog­nized for his compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoires . He gained distinction with his landmark Sibelius cycle with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra – described by Gramophone as ‘the finest survey of the past three decades’, and in 2014 his Minnesota recording of Sibelius’s First and Fourth Symphonies won a Grammy award.

Wednesday 19 October, 7.30 pm: Pride and passion
Sibelius: Karelia Suite
Britten: Violin Concerto (Simone Lamsma, violin)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1

Friday 21 October, 7.30 pm: Triumph and tranquillity
Sibelius: Symphony No. 3
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (Yu-Chien Tseng, violin)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Wednesday 26 October, 7.30 pm: Darkness and light
Elgar: Cello Concerto (Raphael Wallfisch, cello)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 4
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Friday 28 October, 7.30 pm: Towards the horizon
Sibelius: The Oceanides
Walton: Violin Concerto (Tasmin Little, violin)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 6
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7

Ticket prices for each concert range from £10 to £65 and can be ordered by clicking the links above.

January 2016 Magazine

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The latest edition of Sibelius One’s magazine has been released and is being posted out to subscribers. This issue focuses in particular on Sibelius’s relationship with the violin.

Articles included in the magazine are as follows:

  • ‘Many congratulate me on getting to play on a Stainer’ – ­Sibelius’s Violin  Andrew Barnett
  • The Eleventh Inter­natio­nal Jean Sibelius Violin Competition  Leon Chia 
  • ‘Playing to him was so natural that I didn’t really realize that it could have been con­sidered as something very special.’  An Interview with Satu Jalas
  • ‘How could anyone play that and not want to discover more?’  Five violinists discuss Sibelius’s music for their instrument 
  • Burmester, Nováček and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto  Timo Virtanen
  • The Sixth International Jean Sibelius Conference  Hilary Finch
  • The Sixth Sibelius Lecture  An extract from the novel ‘The Seven Symphonies: A Finnish Murder Mystery’ by Simon Boswell 
  • Widespread they stand…  Peter Frankland discusses ‘Tapiola’ 
Information about previous issues: click here.

Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all members and friends of Sibelius One!
Here is a selection of memories from the Sibelius 150th anniversary year.

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Third International Sibelius Singing Competition

Aarne Pelkonen, winner of the Third International Sibelius Singing Competition (Photo: © Heikki Tuuli)
Aarne Pelkonen, winner of the Third International Sibelius Singing Competition (photo: © Heikki Tuuli)

Sibelius One concerts

Fenella Humphreys, Sam Armstrong and Anton Kukkonen at Sibelius One’s concert at the Finnish Ambassador’s Residence in London, 10 June 2015
Fenella Humphreys, Sam Armstrong and Anton Kukkonen at Sibelius One’s concert at the Finnish Ambassador’s Residence in London, 10 June 2015
Sibelius One Chamber Players and Folke Gräsbeck at ‘Sibelius on Sea’, Brighton Unitarian Church, 2 November 2015
Sibelius One Chamber Players and Folke Gräsbeck at ‘Sibelius on Sea’, Brighton Unitarian Church, 2 November 2015
Folke Gräsbeck at Sibelius One’s concert in St Martin’s Church, Salisbury, 4 November 2015
Folke Gräsbeck at Sibelius One’s concert in St Martin’s Church, Salisbury, 4 November 2015

Sibelius in Korpo

The Flinders Quartet made a guest appearance at the Sibelius i Korpo festival, playing a generous selection of Sibelius’s works
The Flinders Quartet made a guest appearance at the ‘Sibelius in Korpo’ festival, playing a generous selection of Sibelius’s works (photo: © Nicholas Purcell)
Performing at the Sibelius Monument in Korpo (Photo: © Geoff Hayes)
Performing at the Sibelius Monument in Korpo (photo: © Geoff Hayes)

Lahti International Sibelius Festival

Members of Sibelius One at Ainola railway station
Members of Sibelius One at Ainola railway station
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Andrew Barnett addressing the Annual General Meeting of Sibelius One at Ainola (photo: © Leon Chia)
Hilkka Helminen (curator of Ainola) addressing the Annual General Meeting of Sibelius One (photo: Leon Chia)
Hilkka Helminen (curator of Ainola) addressing the Annual General Meeting of Sibelius One (photo: © Leon Chia)
Okko Kamu amd the Lahti Symphony Orchestra (photo: © Juha Tanhua)
Okko Kamu and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra (photo: © Juha Tanhua)
Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra (photo: © Juha Tanhua)
Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra (photo: © Juha Tanhua)
Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra (photo: © Juha Tanhua)
Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra (photo: © Juha Tanhua)
Leif Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (photo: © Juha Tanhua)
Leif Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (photo: © Juha Tanhua)
Soloists Johanna Rusanen and Waltteri Torikka with Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (photo: © Juha Tanhua)
Soloists Johanna Rusanen and Waltteri Torikka with Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (photo: © Juha Tanhua)
John Davis, president of Sibelius One, with Folke Gräsbeck (Photo: © Leon Chia)
John Davis, president of Sibelius One, with Folke Gräsbeck (photo: © Leon Chia)
Reception arranged by Lauri Tarasti (standing) and the Sibelius Society of Finland, at the Sibelius Hall (Photo: © Leon Chia)
Reception arranged by Lauri Tarasti (standing) and the Sibelius Society of Finland, at the Sibelius Hall (photo: © Leon Chia)

11th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition

Christel Lee, winner of the 11th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition (Photo: © Heikki Tuuli)
Christel Lee, winner of the 11th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition (photo: © Heikki Tuuli)
Christel Lee, after a performance of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra nad Hannu Lintu at Verkatehdas in Hämeenlinna, 8 December 2015 (Photo: © Leon Chia)
Christel Lee, after a performance of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra nad Hannu Lintu at Verkatehdas in Hämeenlinna, 8 December 2015 (photo: © Leon Chia)
During the Violin Competition, representatives of the world’s Sibelius Societies met in Helsinki. Sibelius One was represented by Leon Chia (front left)
During the Violin Competition, representatives of the world’s Sibelius Societies met in Helsinki. Sibelius One was represented by Leon Chia (front left)

6th International Jean Sibelius Conference

Hämeenlinna’s VErkatehdas hosted the Sixth International Jean Sibelius Conference in December
Hämeenlinna’s Verkatehdas hosted the Sixth International Jean Sibelius Conference in December
Ron Weidberg and James Hepokoski addressing the Sibelius Conference (photo: © Leon Chia)
Ron Weidberg and James Hepokoski addressing the Sibelius Conference (photo: © Leon Chia)
During the Conference, on 8 December, a special ceremony was held at the Sibelius statue in his birth town, Hämeenlinna
During the Conference, on 8 December, a special ceremony was held at the Sibelius statue in his birth town, Hämeenlinna

New books about Sibelius and his world

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And much more…

Aeon Duo at the Finnish Church in London
Aeon Duo at the Finnish Church in London, March 2015: ‘A Window to the Finnish Mind’
Southampton’s new orchestra són (cond. Robin Browning) is inaugurated all-Sibelius concert, ‘Sibelius Unwrapped’, November 2015
Southampton’s new orchestra són (cond. Robin Browning) is inaugurated with an all-Sibelius concert, ‘Sibelius Unwrapped’, November 2015

Happy Birthday Sibelius

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Photo by courtesy of sibelius150.org
Photo by courtesy of sibelius150.org

Sibelius One joins Sibelius fans, scholars and musicians all over the world in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth today, 8th December 2015.

Watch the exclusive Happy Birthday Sibelius video produced by Leon Chia, Sibelius One’s International Co-ordinator, here (live at 00.01 Finnish time, 8-Dec-2015):

Sibelius’s birthplace in Hämeenlinna (Photo: © Balcer/Wikipedia Commons)
Sibelius’s birthplace in Hämeenlinna (Photo: © Balcer/Wikipedia Commons)
The room in which Sibelius was born, 8 Dec 1865. Photo: © Kehittämiskeskus Oy Häme/Jorma Jämsén
The room in which Sibelius was born, 8 Dec 1865. (Photo: © Kehittämiskeskus Oy Häme/Jorma Jämsén)

Storgårds conducts Sibelius in Birmingham

John Storgårds (Photo: © Marco Borggreve)
John Storgårds (Photo: © Marco Borggreve)

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor John Storgårds will be performing an all-Sibelius programme in Birmingham on Thursday 10 December 2015 (7.30 pm) at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

The programme will consist of the following works:
En saga
Violin Concerto
Karelia Suite
Symphony No. 7

The soloist in the Violin Concerto will be the winner of the 2015 International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition.

At 6.15 pm there will be a pre-concert conversation with John Storgårds.

Ticket prices start at £9.50, and can be booked online by clicking here, or by calling the Box Office on 0121 345 0600.

Docklands Sinfonia Sibelius Anniversary Concert

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The Docklands Sinfonia conducted by Spencer Down will celebrate the 150th annivesary of Sibelius’s birth with a concert at St Anne’s, Limehouse, Three Colt Street, London, featuring the Karelia Suite and Lemminkäinen, on Friday 4th December at 7.30 pm.

The renowned author and illustrator James Mayhew will bring a special touch to the concert with live illustrations of the stories behind the music as the orchestra plays.

Docklands Sinfonia will also continue its strong track record of promoting new music with the world première of Michael Heath’s Cello Concerto, performed by the  London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Gregory Walmsley.

Programme:
Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite
Michael Heath: Cello Concerto (world première)
Jean Sibelius: Lemminkäinen
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Spencer Down conductor
Gregory Walmsley cello
James Mayhew illustrator

Illustration by James Mayhew
Illustration by James Mayhew

Docklands Sinfonia is young and pioneering orchestra which has become a major cultural force in the Docklands – bringing high quality music to the area, staging ground-breaking concerts and creating a lasting legacy by inspiring generations of young people. Since its formation in 2009, Docklands Sinfonia has enjoyed incredible success with performances for the Queen at Buckingham Palace and with Grammy-award winner Imogen Heap at the Royal Albert Hall. It has appeared on the BBC Radio 3 and BBC1.

The orchestra has recorded albums for leading artists such as Katie Melua and has performed with world-renowned classical artists such as Alison Balsom, Leonard Elschenbroich and Elin Manahan-Thomas as well as the English National Ballet, Royal Opera House and National Youth Theatre. Docklands Sinfonia aims to promote young musicians through commissioning new works and is committed to inspiring future generations of young people by introducing them to the joy of live orchestral music.

Spencer Down is the driving force behind Docklands Sinfonia. He has been orchestral director for high-profile events including a concert for the Queen in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace and the world premiere of Grammy award-winning singer Imogen Heap’s ‘Love the Earth’ at the Royal Albert Hall. He has worked with artists from leading organizations including the English National Ballet, Royal Opera House, London Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and is brass co-ordinator and assistant conductor at the Junior Guildhall.

Where and when
Friday 4th December at 7.30 pm.
St Anne’s, Limehouse, Three Colt Street, London E14 7HP
Tickets: £10 (Concessions) £12 (Advanced) £15 (On the door) – click here to book tickets.

Source: Docklands Sinfonia

 

 

Dima Slobodeniouk to be principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Dima Slobodeniouk (photo: © Marco Borggreve)
Dima Slobodeniouk (photo: © Marco Borggreve)

Dima Slobodeniouk has been appointed as principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, starting in the autumn of 2016. Slobodeniouk will also be artistic director of the orchestra’s annual Sibelius Festival. The City Board of the Lahti Municipality Association made the appointment at a meeting on 17th August 2015. Slobodeniouk’s contract will run until the spring season of 2019.

Slobodeniouk remarks: ‘When people ask me whether I have always wanted to be a conductor, more and more often my answer is: No, I have not. Despite me, growing up in a family of orchestra musicians, I simply had no idea what it is like to be a conductor. Today, when the fact of me taking over a position of Music Director of Lahti Symphony Orchestra becomes a reality, I once again realise, that being a conductor is what I want and what I live for.’

Slobodeniouk sees the forthcoming collaboration as a wonderful chance to develop musical relationships with the orchestra and audiences both in Lahti and internationally. ‘I was lucky enough to be able to build and maintain a very open and fruitful relationship with Lahti Symphony Orchestra ever since I first conducted them in 2001 replacing Leif Segerstam. Today – this is a big honour and a challenge for me to create something new on the foundation of a great orchestra tradition in Lahti’, says Slobodeniouk. ‘I believe and hope, that with our music making we can influence people’s lives regardless of their age or social background. The unique thing about classical music is the fact that it does not have to be verbalised or explained. That way it can reach and touch anyone.’

Teemu Kirjonen, General Manager of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, says: ‘After the triumphant chief conductorships of Vänskä, Saraste and Kamu, we are looking forward to our time with Slobodeniouk with great enthusiasm. On the basis of what the orchestra has already achieved with him in the past few years, we may expect great things in the future.’ Slobodeniouk already enjoys a major international career and, Kirjonen believes, having him as chief conductor will be an excellent springboard for the further development of the orchestra’s artistic level, and for the continuation of its touring and recording activities.

Petri Komulainen, chairman of the committee representing the players in the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, says that he is very proud and excited at the new appointment, and describes the orchestra as being on the threshold of a new era. ‘Slobodeniouk has close ties to Finland, combined with an international career that is very much on the up. I’m convinced that he will manage to bring a new, energetic perspective to the orchestra’s work, and that his performances will appeal to an ever wider audience.’

Moscow-born Dima Slobodeniouk has made Finland his home for over two dec­ades. A former student at Helsinki’s prestigious Sibe­lius Academy, he began his conducting studies in 1994 under the tutelage of Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula. Currently music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, he is a regular guest conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic and Finnish Radio Symphony Orch­estras as well as London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the Netherlands, RAI Turin and Stuttgart Radio Philharmonic Orchestras. Slobodeniouk collaborates with many of today’s composers, among them Kalevi Aho, Sebastian Fagerlund, Jörg Widmann and Lotta Wennäkoski.

Further information: Teemu Kirjonen / General Manager, Lahti Symphony Orchestra
tel. 00358 3 814 4452

Source: Lahti Symphony Orchestra, press release

 

Summer Sibelius at Merton Abbey

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A concert will take place on Sunday 26th July 2015, at 7.30 pm, at the Colour House Theatre at Merton Abbey Mills, Wimbledon, London, featuring a varied collection of Sibelius chamber music rarities in addition to his famous ‘Voces intimae’ string quartet.

The concert forms part of the series ‘Sunday Evening Music Among Friends’, now in its nineteenth year,  a monthly series of informal chamber concerts in which both seasoned professionals and gifted young players perform the music they love. The concert lasts about ninety minutes including the interval, when you can enjoy a free drink next door in the historic Wheelhouse. The series is noted for its friendly informal atmosphere as well as the highest standard of performance of a wide range of repertoire.

The programme is as follows:
Nielsen: At the Bier of a Young Artist
Sibelius: Vattendroppar, JS 216, for violin and cello
Sibelius: Moderato – Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor, JS 131, for string quartet
Sibelius: Lullaby, JS 222, for violin and kantele
Tchaikovsky: Andante cantabile
Sibelius: Duo, JS 66, for violin and viola
Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor, ‘Voces intimae’, Op. 56

The performers will be Anya Birchall and Rebecca Totterdell (violins),
Toby Hawks (viola/kantele) and Kate Leigh (cello).

Tickets cost £14, or £10 for concessions.
Sibelius One members will receive the concession price.

Further information and directions: click here.

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