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Open Rehearsal in Leicester: Santtu conducts Beethoven and Sibelius

De Montfort Hall
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducting the Philharmonia at De Montfort Hall, Leicester


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Steven Osborne – piano


Nielsen Helios Overture

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, 'Emperor'

Sibelius Symphony No. 5

How does a conductor communicate their interpretation of a piece with an orchestra and the soloist as they prepare for a performance?

Our Open Rehearsals give you access to this creative process and allow you to see the Philharmonia at work. Learn more about the pieces and start to listen to your favourites with a fresh pair of ears.

Beethoven didn’t think up the ‘Emperor’ nickname for his concerto himself, but it’s easy to understand when you hear its majestic opening. In this rehearsal we hear Steven Osborne, a musician ‘in the top tier of pianists worldwide’ (The Telegraph).

Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 starts with a whisper from horns and timpani that grows into a glorious evocation of sunrise. In the finale comes the moment Sibelius fans have been waiting for – the magnificent ‘swan’ theme, with its jubilant horn chords and sweeping strings. Sibelius wrote it after witnessing 16 swans in flight: “One of the great experiences of my life! God, how beautiful,” he wrote in his diary.

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Running time

Approximately 1.5 hrs (subject to change)

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Digital programme notes available closer to the rehearsal.

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Phone: 020 7921 3906

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Open Rehearsals are not performances. Playing may be paused at various intervals in order for the conductor, soloist and orchestra to agree on specific styles and dynamics.

Open rehearsals will take place in the auditorium where the concert is due to be performed, unless otherwise specified. Times and repertoire being rehearsed will be confirmed prior to the rehearsal date, as these schedules are subject to change.

Please note that open rehearsals are working processes for the conductor and the Orchestra. Timings are subject to change and every endeavour will be made to let ticket holders know in advance about any such changes. Please check our website for up-to-date information.


De Montfort Hall
De Montfort Hall, Leicester

De Montfort Hall

Granville Rd

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