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Pekka Kuusisto: Four Seasons, 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


Isobel Waller-Bridge New work (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. Waller-Bridge is an award-winning film, TV and theatre composer, whose soundtrack credits include Vanity Fair, Fleabag, Black Mirror and Frozen Planet.

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.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Subscription discounts 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+

Programme notes

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

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717

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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£13 — £65