The concert series includes a performance on 6 December to celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence, featuring the first UK performance of the complete Press Celebrations Music (including Finland Awakes, the original version of Finlandia).
Sakari Oramo has been principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2013, and has recorded a complete Sibelius cycle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Erato/Warner Classics).
27 October 2017 / 19:30 Schmitt Symphony No 2 Franck Symphonic Variations Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano) Sibelius Symphony No. 3 Click here for prices & information
29 November 2017 / 19:30 Sibelius Symphony No. 6 Anders Hillborg Violin Concerto No. 2 (UK première) (Lisa Batiashvili violin) Sibelius Symphony No. 4 Click here for prices & information
6 December 2017 / 19:30 Finland Awakes! – Celebrating Finnish Independence Day Sibelius Press Celebrations Music (UK première) Sibelius Cantique and Devotion (Guy Johnston cello) Sibelius Symphony No. 1 Click here for prices & information
6 January 2018 / 19:30 Sibelius Symphony No. 7 Sibelius Luonnotar (Anu Komsi soprano) Aarre Merikanto Ekho (UK première) Sibelius Symphony No. 2 Click here for prices & information
The London Symphony Orchestra is holding a Discovery Day focusing on Sibelius on Sunday 15th March 2015, including access to the morning rehearsal at the Barbican Hall and an afternoon of insight from experts. The evening concert will include the Second Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. Click here for further information and ticket bookings.
Also on the orchestra’s schedule later in the season (28th June) is a performance of the Violin Concerto by Joshua Bell.
Sunday 15th March 2015, 7.30pm (Barbican Hall, London and LSO St Luke’s) Britten Four Sea Interludes Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings Sibelius Symphony No. 2
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor / Yuja Wang, piano Click here for further information and ticket bookings.