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Summer Sibelius at Merton Abbey


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.

Further information and directions: click here.

This concert is included in the official Sibelius 150 calendar of events.sibelius150_cmyk_2015www

A Window to the Finnish Mind – 26th March 2015


Don’t miss the concert by the Aeon Duo (Essi Kiiski, violin and Eduardo Andrade) at the Finnish Church in London on Thursday 26th March 2015 at 7 pm. The concert focuses on Sibelius’s music for violin for piano, plus the world première of a work inspired by Sibelius composed by Eduardo Andrade. It is part of the official Sibelius 150 schedule of events and will be an exciting and innovative combination of music, photography and taste sensations.

Sibelius One members receive concessionary prices for tickets to this concert. To obtain the promotional code, click here.

The pieces in the concert are going to be performed alongside the seven winning pictures in the Photography Competition ‘The Essence of Finland’. The winners of the competition, whose photographs will be projected during the concert, are:
Janica Candolin – UK (217 votes)
Jenna Mäkinen – UK (154 votes)
Heidi Jakkula – Finland (91 votes)
Leon Chia
Henna Kylmälä
Eeva Williamson
Terhi Manuel-Garner


Lahti International Sibelius Festival 2015: update

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra in the Sibelius Hall. Photo: © Juha Tanhua
The Lahti Symphony Orchestra in the Sibelius Hall. Photo: © Juha Tanhua

The music to be performed at three of the chamber concerts at the 2015 Lahti Sibelius Festival has been announced and is as follows:

Wednesday 2.9.2015 at 4.30 pm – Kalevi Aho Hall
Jaakko Kuusisto, violin – Heini Kärkkäinen, piano
En glad musikant (A Happy Musician) for solo violin, JS 70
Three Pieces for violin and piano, Op. 116
Sonata in F major for violin and piano, JS 178
Five Danses champêtres, Op. 106

Friday 4.9.2015 at 3 pm – Kalevi Aho Hall
Sibelius Piano Trio
Piano Trio in C major, ‘Lovisa’, JS 208
Piano Trio in D major, ‘Korpo’, JS 209

Saturday 5.9.2015 at 12.30 pm – Kalevi Aho Hall
Tempera Quartet
Adagio in D minor, JS 12
String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56 ‘Voces intimae’
Andante festivo, JS 34a

Please contact us at the latest by 15th December 2014 if you wish to be part of the Sibelius One group at the Festival in 2015, as tickets and hotel rooms are selling out FAST. Further information on the page ‘Visit Finland’.

Sibelius & Korpo 2015

Korpo Church
Korpo Church

The Sibelius & Korpo festival, in the Turku archipelago, will take place on 17th–19th July 2015. Held in the small island village where Sibelius spent the summer holiday in 1887, this gem of a festival features concerts in the village’s 13th-century stone church and at Korpo gård, where Sibelius himself made music together with his family and friends in 1887.

Korpo gård
Korpo gård

Musicians at the 2015 festival include the Flinders Quartet from Melbourne, Australia, leading singers including Hedvig Paulig, Monica Groop and Gabriel Suovanen, the choirs Brahe Djäknar (male voices) and Florakören (women’s voices), and the pianist Folke Gräsbeck, who is also artistic director of the festival. This year’s festival is devoted exclusively to works by Sibelius, including a wide selection of his string quartet music, the Piano Quintet in G minor and the opera Jungfrun i tornet (The Maiden in the Tower) in the composer’s own version with for soloists, choir and piano.

Further information will be posted later. If you are interested in attending the festival please contact gm@sibeliusone.com.