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Open Rehearsal: Santtu conducts Sibelius and Nielsen

Royal Festival Hall
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Bomsory Kim looking into the camera and smiling


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Bomsori Kim – violin


Sibelius The Oceanides

Nielsen Violin Concerto

Hazama What the Wind Brings (UK premiere, with film)

Sibelius Symphony No. 3

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.

Masterpieces by Sibelius and Nielsen frame a new work by composer Miho Hazama, written to accompany underwater film footage of the Nordic coast.

Korean violinist Bomsori Kim, a superstar in her homeland, treats us to Nielsen’s Violin Concerto, as bold and good-humoured as Nielsen himself.

At the heart of this programme is the first of three new pieces in Nordic Soundscapes accompanying short documentary films by Joakim Odelberg. Explore the underwater worlds around the Nordic coastline, and see fascinating aquatic wildlife up close on the Royal Festival Hall’s huge screen.

Sibelius has the last word in this captivating programme – his Symphony No. 3 sweeps listeners up in its confident, warm energy right from the start, and packs many pleasures into its half-hour span.




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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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