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Concerts at the Finnish Ambassador’s Residence and in Brighton

‘Nordic Love’

We are delighted to present two concerts of songs by Jean Sibelius and his contemporaries to celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence.

The performers are two of today’s foremost Sibelius interpreters: Hedvig Paulig, soprano (winner of the 2011 International Sibelius Singing Competition) and Folke Gräsbeck, piano.


Friday 15 September 2017 at 7 pm (doors open 6.30 pm)
at the Finnish Ambassador’s Residence,
14 Kensington Palace Gardens,
London W8 4QP   

This concert is arranged by Sibelius One with the generous
support and assistance of the Finnish Embassy in London.

Tickets in advance only. Please apply to andrewbarnett@fireflyuk.net
Price £15 (current Sibelius One members: £10)
including welcome drink and post-concert refreshments.

Please note that there is no parking at the residence. The closest tube
stations are Queensway, Notting Hill Gate and High Street Kensington.


Saturday 16 September 2017 at 7.30 pm
at Brighton Unitarian Church,
New Road,
Brighton BN1 1UF   

Tickets
Price £15 (current Sibelius One members: £10)


These concerts are scheduled to coincide with the release of the CD
‘Nordic Love’ by the same performers, featuring 20 songs by Sibelius.
(More information about this CD will be published soon)

 

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A Visit from Sibelius

Korpo gård
Korpo gård

The two themes of the 2016 ‘Sibelius i Korpo’ festival, which took place on 22-24 July, were ‘a visit from Sibelius’ and ‘Sibelius and Busoni’.

Click here to read more about the festival in Andrew Barnett’s report.

korpo-artists-2016

 

 

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Music by Sibelius’s teacher

 

Fuga 9410

A disc of songs and folk song arrangements by Martin Wegelius has been published by Fuga (FUGA-9410).

Wegelius – who founded the Helsinki Music Institute (forerunner of today’s Sibelius Academy) in 1882, was Sibelius’s teacher there from 1885 until 1889. Wegelius was a versatile musician – a pianist, composer, conductor and critic – who had studied in Vienna, Leipzig and Munich and who would direct the Music Institute until his death. He was to prove a good friend to Sibelius and take a kindly, even paternal interest in his development. Wegelius was a capable administrator who could take the credit for many international musicians (including Busoni) coming to Helsinki. He was also an obsessive Wagnerian, with a particular fondness for Die Meistersinger; he wrote a 323-page biography of Wagner and also established the first Finnish Wagner Society. His music has hitherto been very sparsely represented on disc.

The new recording features two of Finland’s foremost young singers, the soprano Hedwig Paulig and the baritone Tuomas Lehtinen, accompanied on the piano by Gustav Djupsjöbacka. Some of the items also feature a choral part, here performed by the Spira Ensemble.