The Alternative Sibelius series was launched at en event hosted by the Finnish Ambassador, Pekka Huhtaniemi, at his London residence on Friday 13th March 2015. Musicians who performed included Viola Uotila (kantele), Lauri Porra (electric bass), Yona (vocals) and the Jani Pensola Houseband, with Erkki Korhonen, director of the Sibelius Birth Town Foundation .
The Alternative Sibelius events in both England and Finland provide new perspectives on the music of this loved composer in his 150th anniversary year. In addition to music itself, this concert series emphasizes the importance of audience development and cooperates with such distinguished organizations as LSO Discovery, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and the Finnish Church in London.
Source: ‘Alternative Sibelius’ information leaflet