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Arts in Residence in Birmingham

Carl Nielsen / Jean Sibelius

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.

Click here for pdf details of this course.

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

Sibelius at the BBC Proms 2018

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

Sunday 29 July 2018 at 1 pm – Prom 19
Sunday 29 July 2018 at 5 pm – Prom 20

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 Singers
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


Merry Christmas

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.

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
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   

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)





New appointments for Oramo and Vänskä

Congratulations to two of Finland’s foremost conductors (and most distinguished Sibelius interpreters), who have been appointed to prestigious new positions.

Sakari Oramo (Photo: Twitter)

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 (Photo: © Juha Tanhua)

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.