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Santtu conducts Sibelius and Grieg

Royal Festival Hall
£15 — £75
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali standing in the snow surrounded by bare trees, looking up towards the sky


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Stephen Hough – piano
Johanna Rusanen – soprano
Tommi Hakala – baritone
Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male Voice Choir


Sigfúsdóttir Oceans (London premiere)

Grieg Piano Concerto

— Interval —

Sibelius Kullervo

Our series Nordic Soundscapes gets off to a barnstorming start, with our Finnish Principal Conductor Santtu at the helm.

María Sigfúsdóttir’s Oceans is an exhilarating appetiser for the series, which focusses on Nordic composers’ relationships with the natural world. From a peaceful, meditative opening, Sigfúsdóttir’s music grows in power, evoking the swell of the ocean and the cry of the wind.

Wise and wonderful pianist Stephen Hough joins us in Grieg’s Piano Concerto, one of the most popular pieces in the orchestral repertoire. It’s brimful of passion from its opening timpani roll and crashing chords to its anthemic final moments.

Then there’s a rare opportunity to hear Sibelius’s Kullervo, with the choir who sang at its premiere back in 1892. The YL Male Voice Choir is an institution in Finland, its history closely entwined with Finnish national identity and the music of Sibelius. Kullervo, which Sibelius sometimes referred to as his first symphony, tells a story from Finland’s national epic, the Kalevala. After a tragic childhood, the eponymous Kullervo unknowingly seduces his sister, with unsurprisingly disastrous results. You can expect sweeping melodies worthy of a Hollywood epic, high drama and some seriously impressive singing.

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Nordic Soundscapes Pass

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Our £250, £150 and £75 Nordic Soundscapes Passes get you great seats for every London event in the series. Passholders also receive a series magazine signed by Santtu, and an invitation to drinks on the opening night.

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Prices & Discounts

£15 – £75

Multibuy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available

Running time

1 hr 50 mins, including an interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

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

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


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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