Saturday 15th August, 10 am – 4 pm, at St Andrew’s Fulham Fields, London
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth with a study day before the three BBC Proms devoted to his seven symphonies.
David Nice, whose Building a Library on the Fourth Symphony was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review earlier this year, takes you on a lifetime’s journey from early, Tchaikovsky-inspired epic to the late, concise landscapes of the soul, fully illustrated by a wide range of recordings from the great Sibelius interpreters.
Come to St Andrew’s in Fulham before the first of the Sibelius symphonies Proms at the nearby Albert Hall. There will be an hour’s break for lunch between 1 pm and 2pm.
Venue: St Andrew’s Fulham Fields,
London W14 9SA
West Kensington, Barons Court
The Munich-born painter Peter Fischerbauer, in collaboration with the cellist Liina Leijala, is mounting an exhibition, ‘Wiener Musikzimmer – na Sumave / im Böhmerwald’ to mark the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth. In retrospective he follows Sibelius’s study year in Vienna. Paintings in the exhibition are inspired by Sibelius Fourth and Fifth Symphonies.
The exhibition runs from 16th to 20th August 2015, each day from 4 pm until 8 pm./
Venue: Pavillon 1 Otto-Wagner-Spital, 1140 Wien, Baumgartner Höhe 1, Austria
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.