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Open Rehearsal: In the Land of the Mountain King

Royal Festival Hall
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Emilia Hoving – conductor


Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

Outi Tarkiainen Mosaics (UK premiere, with film)

Sibelius Symphony No. 2

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.

Originally written for Ibsen’s play about the adventures of a globetrotting Norwegian antihero, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 is inextricably linked with his homeland. For this suite, Grieg picked out his listeners’ favourite moments, including the dreamy ‘Morning’ and ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’, in which Peer Gynt is chased by angry trolls.

Ever since its 1902 premiere, Sibelius’s beloved Second Symphony has been claimed as the sound of an independent Finland. Whether or not that was his intention, Sibelius certainly conjured up in sound the contrast between icy winds and gentle sunshine, frantic fear and triumphant hope, in music of enduring emotional power.

Between these two classics comes a new piece by Outi Tarkiainen, a composer from Finnish Lapland. Her percussion-rich score accompanies Joakim Odelberg’s fascinating underwater film of the wildlife of the Nordic coastline.




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Running time

Approximately 3 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, we cannot guarantee that pieces will be played in their entirety. 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.


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