Sinfonia Tamesa, one of London’s leading amateur symphony orchestras (est. 2001) will give an all-Sibelius concert at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge, London on Saturday 10 November 2018 at 7.30 pm. The conductor will be Tom Hammond.
Scenes with Cranes from ‘Kuolema’
Violin Concerto (soloist: David Le Page)
Symphony No. 2
After his selection by Sir Charles Mackerras as the first Junior Fellow in Conducting at Trinity Laban Conservatoire (2006–08), Tom Hammond has developed a rich and musically diverse career. He is currently music director of the Essex, Hertford and St Albans Symphony Orchestras and the award-winning Yorkshire Young Sinfonia. He also holds positions with the Palestine Youth Orchestra and Ingenium Academy International Summer School, and regularly guest conducts with many groups including the Britten Sinfonia Academy and Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 he was appointed conductor emeritus of Sinfonia Tamesa, of which he was music director between 2007 and 2017.
Born on the island of Guernsey, David Le Page began playing the violin at the age of seven. He was offered a place at the Yehudi Menuhin school when he was twelve and has since forged a diverse career as a performer, composer, producer and arranger. He appears regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader and has formed a number of ensembles of his own.
Keen Sibelians watching the hit BBC thriller Killing Eve will no doubt have spotted that music by Sibelius featured in Episode 5, ‘I have at thing about bathrooms’. To accompany the scene where the assassin Villanelle is talking about death while preparing to kill Frank, the opening of Valse triste (slowed-down and stylized) is heard in the background.
Hear it for yourself here:
The extract from Valse triste is heard at approx. 33’54 until 36’11.
Members may read or download minutes of the 2018 AGM by clicking this link.
Please note that you must be logged in to the site in order to access the page.
Also available on the same page are short accounts for 2018 and an updated version of Sibelius One’s constitution.
Our Annual General Meeting 2018 will take place at 12 noon on Thursday 6 September 2018 at Hesan kamari, Ainola, Järvenpää, Finland. All members are welcome.
A course about Sibelius and Nielsen will be organized by Arts in Residence in Birmingham on 9–11 April 2019 (Tuesday–Thursday).
It will be based at Jurys Inn, Broad Street, Birmingham, and given by Terry Barfoot. Also included is a concert by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Michael Seal, featuring Sibelius’s Third and Nielsen’s Fifth Symphonies along with Mahler songs.
Terry Barfoot writes widely on music for Britain’s leading journals, orchestras,
festivals and record companies. He lectures at venues throughout the country, is
publications consultant to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the director of
Arts in Residence.
Price: £295.00 per person (twin/double rooms), £320.00 (single rooms) to
include all meals, wine, course fees and accommodation.
Concert tickets are included.
Booking: Arts in Residence, 25, Mulberry Lane, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 2QU.
£50.00 per person deposit with booking. (Cheques payable to Arts in Residence.)
Enquiries: 02392 383356
Programmes for the BBC Proms 2018 have been announced, and several popular works by Sibelius are included. All of the concerts listed take place at the Royal Albert Hall.
Click the Prom numbers for links to the BBC Proms website and to book tickets (general booking opening: 19 May 2018).
Tuesday 24 July 2018 at 7.30 pm – Prom 14
Richard Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg – overture
Franz Schubert: Songs
Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Symphony in One Movement
Franz Schubert: ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy (arr. Liszt)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 7
Elizabeth Watts, soprano
Louis Lortie, piano
BBC Philharmonic / John Storgårds
Music by Kerry Andrew, Mason Bates, Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges, Copland, Dvořák, Elgar, Orff, Purcell, Sibelius, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky
Naomi Wilkinson, presenter
Ten Pieces Children’s Choir
BBC Symphony Orchestra / Rafael Payare
‘Ten Pieces Prom’
Monday 13 August 2018 at 7.30pm – Prom 42
Arvo Pärt: Symphony No. 3
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5
Khatia Buniatishvili, piano
Estonian Festival Orchestra / Paavo Järvi
Tuesday 21 August 2018 at 7pm – Prom 52
Rolf Wallin: Violin Concerto (first performance)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
Alina Ibragimova, violin
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Edward Gardner
Best wishes for a very happy Christmas and prosperous new year from Sibelius One!
We hope that you’ll be able to join us for the 2018 Sibelius Festival in Lahti. Dates and programmes have now been announced, and it’ll be an exciting event including a visit from Neeme Järvi and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra – so if you’re interested, please get in touch and make a provisional reservation. Click here for more information about Lahti 2018.
And why not treat yourself and your friends to an extra Christmas present? We recommend our new CD with Hedvig Paulig (winner of the 2011 International Sibelius Singing Competition) and Folke Gräsbeck – hear this superb singer on top form in an all-Sibelius programme. As a member, you even get a discount! Click here for more information about the CD.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
Brighton BN1 1UF
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)
Congratulations to two of Finland’s foremost conductors (and most distinguished Sibelius interpreters), who have been appointed to prestigious new positions.
Sakari Oramo, principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and West Coast Kokkola Opera, has been appointed Professor of Orchestral Training and Orchestral Conducting at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki for the five-year period (2020–24). He succeeds Atso Almila, who will retire when his term expires in 2019. Kaarlo Hildén, Dean of the Sibelius Academy, remarks: ‘We are privileged to have someone like Sakari take over this distinguished professorship.’ For further information click here.
Osmo Vänskä has been appointed as the honorary conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He has been the orchestra’s principal guest conductor since 2014, and from 1993 to 1996 was its chief conductor. Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir, executive director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, commented: ‘It is a true honour for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and a recognition of the work we do that Osmo Vänskä has accepted the title as our Honorary Conductor… He is, without a doubt, one of the most important conductors this orchestra works with. We certainly look forward to making music with Osmo in the future.’ For further information click here.