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Bedford: Sibelius, Grieg & Nielsen

Bedford Corn Exchange
£15 — £40
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Close up shot from behind of the Philharmonia's wind section, focusing on oboe and flute


Vinay Parameswaran – conductor
Juho Pohjonen – piano


Nielsen Helios Overture

Grieg Piano Concerto

— Interval —

Sibelius Symphony No. 5

Transport yourself to the Nordic countries as masterpieces by Sibelius, Grieg and Nielsen open the Philharmonia’s 2024/25 season in Bedford.

Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 would make it into many listeners’ top ten. It begins with a whisper from horns and timpani, which spreads through the woodwind section in a glorious evocation of sunrise. The second movement is a set of variations on a simple, wistful theme. Then comes the moment Sibelius fans have been waiting for – the magnificent ‘swan’ theme of the finale, with its jubilant horn chords and sweeping strings. Sibelius wrote it after witnessing the awe-inspiring sight of 16 swans in flight: “One of the great experiences of my life! God, how beautiful,” he wrote in his diary.

Grieg’s Piano Concerto is one of the most popular works in the orchestral repertoire. From its dramatic opening with its timpani roll to its anthemic finale, tonight it is in the hands of Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen.

First comes Nielsen’s Helios Overture. Inspired while travelling to Athens, the Danish composer traces the journey of the sun across the Aegean Sea in a wondrous celebration of the Greek god Helios.

Part of Nordic Soundscapes

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Prices & Discounts

£15 – £40

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s, full-time students and concession discounts available

Running time

1 hr 40 mins, including 20-minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

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

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm


Bedford Corn Exchange
Bedford Corn Exchange

Bedford Corn Exchange

13 St Paul’s Square
MK40 1SL

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