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Pekka Kuusisto: Four Seasons, and Four Seascapes

Royal Festival Hall
£13 — £65
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Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Pekka Kuusisto


Pekka Kuusisto – conductor/violin
Ale Carr – cittern


Isobel Waller-Bridge Temperatures (world premiere)

Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

— Interval —

vivaldi The Four Seasons, with improvisation between movements

Finnish violinist and conductor Pekka Kuusisto presents his own distinctive take on Vivaldi’s masterpiece.

Pekka Kuusisto has a real gift for communicating through music. That could mean getting a concert audience of 6000 singing a Finnish folksong, or playing electric violin in a collaboration with a juggler, or making a film for Greenpeace in a devastated forest… Tonight he shines his distinctive light on one of the world’s best-loved musical depictions of nature, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, interspersing the familiar movements with improvisation.

Fresh sounds open the evening too, with Isobel Waller-Bridge’s new piece, commissioned specially for the Human / Nature series. Isobel Waller-Bridge is an award winning composer known for her scores for film, television and theatre, alongside her work in electronic music and contemporary classical music. Isobel’s television soundtrack work includes Fleabag, and for film, Emma (2020), Munich – The Edge of War (2022).

Britten’s Four Sea Interludes are taken from his opera Peter Grimes, a compelling portrait of a fishing community whose lives are intertwined with the sea and the weather. The orchestra vividly depicts the different faces of the sea, from dawn tranquility to a fearsome storm.

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Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)

Running time:

1h 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+


Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event

Before the concert

Violin player
Small-ensemble performance

Music of Today: Glass, Metal, Wood, Water

Pekka Kuusisto – violin/live electronics

  • Riikka Talvitie Caprice of Nature
  • Andrea Tarrodi Birds of Paradise
  • Outi Tarkiainen Siimes
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür Conversio
  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir Hrim
Purcell Room

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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Book tickets
£13 — £65