•Celebrate the 20th edition of this acclaimed festival focusing on one of the world’s most well-loved composers, Jean Sibelius
•Enjoy an evening performance in Helsinki before traveling to Lahti to hear Symphonies No 5, 6 and 7 alongside a variety of choral works
•Appreciate the life of the composer with a visit to Sibelius’s house, Ainola, and enjoy a cruise on beautiful Lake Vesijärvi
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Depart London Heathrow 1020 on Finnair, arriving Helsinki 1515. Transfer to Glo Hotel Kluuvi, Helsinki, for two nights. Welcome drink and introductory lecture.
Morning: guided walking tour of Helsinki including Ataneum Art Museum, Lutheran Cathedral and University Library (exteriors) followed by some free time. Afternoon: views of harbour and embassies district followed by visits to the Rock Church and Sibelius Monument. Evening performance in Helsinki – programme to be confirmed.
Morning: guided tour of Hvitträsk. Afternoon: transfer by coach to Hotel Mukkulan Kartano, Lahti, for four nights. Evening festival performance at Sibelius Hall featuring Lahti Symphony Orchestra and the Polytech Choir under Dima Slobodeniouk (conductor) with Tuuli Takala (soprano) and Tommi Hakala (baritone): Have You Courage?, Op 31; The Rapids Shooter’s Brides, Op 33; The Origin of Fire, Op 32; Kullervo (symphony), Op 7.
Morning lecture: The last three symphonies, and the “pure cold water” of the sixth followed by guided tour of Villa Ainola (Sibelius’s house). Afternoon festival ‘mittendrin’ performance at Sibelius Hall featuring Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Dima Slobodeniouk (conductor). Evening festival performance at Sibelius Hall featuring Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard (conductor): Symphony No 5 in E flat major, Op 82; Symphony No 6 (in D minor), Op, 104; Symphony No 7 in C major, Op 105.
Morning lecture: Nature and myth- tonight’s orchestral works followed by cruise on Lake Vesijärvi and optional free time in Lahti. Evening festival performance at Sibelius Hall featuring Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Dima Slobodeniouk (conductor) with Karita Mattila (soprano): The Bard, Op 64; Arioso for soprano and string orchestra, Op 3; Nightride and Sunrise, Op 55; En Saga, Op 9.
Morning discussion: Vocal matters, and festival highlights thus far followed by festival performance at Sibelius Hall featuring Dominante Choir: ‘Sibelius on a Sunday Morning’ – choral works. Afternoon: guided behind-the-scenes tour of Sibelius Hall followed by some free time.
Morning private recital (subject to confirmation) followed by some free time in Lahti. Depart Helsinki 1700, arriving Heathrow 1805.
3 Sep — 9 Sep 2019
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“I feel refreshed by a relaxed week with wonderful music, food and company. Finland exceeded my expectations and the ACE team delivered a superb experience”
ACE customers on previous Sibelius Festival in Finland tour with Sandy Burnett
Cost of £3145 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, three lunches, five dinners (including one light snack) with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £300, twin/double room for single use supplement £465.
Flight reduction: £150.