London: Finland Awakes! Celebrating Finland at Barbican

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 19:30


To mark Finnish Independence Day – on December 6 1917, Finland ended its autonomy as a Grand Duchy within Russia and became a republic – the BBC SO’s Finnish Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo offers a programme by Finland’s greatest composer. Sibelius’s Press Celebrations Music contains what would later emerge as Finlandia which soon became a defiant unofficial national anthem. Guy Johnson plays two rarities for cello and orchestra, originally written in 1915 for church use, and which share the same opus number. The BBC SO’s Sibelius’s symphony cycle continues with the powerful First from 1899, a time when the Russian Emperor was flexing his muscles at the Finnish people, giving the music an almost political charge.

Sakari Oramo, Conductor
Guy Johnston, Cello
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jean Sibelius, Press Celebrations Music (containing Finlandia)
Jean Sibelius, Cantique and Devotion
Jean Sibelius, Symphony No 1 in E minor

TIckets: £10-£36
Venue:​ Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
Bookings and more information: Barbican


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