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Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival

14 Jul — 20 Jul 2020 | Tour Director: Sandy Burnett

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Depart London Heathrow 1020 on Finnair, arriving Helsinki 1515. Transfer to Glo Hotel Kluuvi for overnight. Welcome and introduction.



Morning: walking tour of Helsinki followed by view of Sibelius Monument. Afternoon flight to Kajaani followed by transfer to Kuhmo for five nights at Hotel Kalevala. 



Morning lecture followed by optional visit to Petola Museum or Winter War Museum. Early afternoon performance at Kuhmo Arts Centre: ‘The Black List’ – works by Shostakovich, Weinberg, Khachaturian and Prokofiev. Early evening performance at Kuhmo Arts Centre: ‘Superheroes’ – works by Telemann, Kreisler, Ravel, Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss II, Debussy and Golijov. Late evening performance at Kuhmo Church: ‘Maria’ – works by Pergolesi, Liszt, Gounod and Piazzolla.



Excursion to Nurmes for private cello and piano recital followed by Lieksa for traditional wooden riverboat trip to Monola (where Aino and Jean Sibelius spent their honeymoon in the summer of 1892). Evening performance at Kuhmo Arts Centre: ‘White Nights’ – works by Saariaho, Nielson, Grieg, Fagerlund, Berwald, Vasks and Sibelius.



Morning lecture followed by late morning performance at Kuhmo Arts Centre: ‘The Second Lives of Marcello and Vivaldi’ – works by Vivaldi, Marcello and Bach. Visit to Juminkeko and Information Centre for Kalevala (wooden architecture and Karelian culture). Afternoon performance at Tuupala Primary School: ‘The Three Lives of the Clarinet’ – works by Mozart and Haydn. Evening performance at Kuhmo Arts Centre: ‘Faust’ –works by Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Colasanti and Pousseur.



Morning lecture followed by traditional Karelian lunch in Puukarin Pysäkki and some free time. Early evening performance at Kuhmo Arts Centre: ‘Cathedrales Englouties’ – works by Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Golijov, Schafer and Debussy. Late evening performance at Kuhmo Arts Centre: ‘Souvenir d’un paysage inconnu’ – works by Bortnjanski, Vavilov, Vaughan Williams and Tchaikovsky.



Depart Kajaani 1230 via Helsinki, arriving Heathrow 1710.

Tour Dates

14 Jul — 20 Jul 2020





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“Wonderfully organised festival in an amazing location. I learnt a lot”

“I loved everything about this tour”

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Participants must be comfortable with a moderate amount of walking and traversing uneven ground. This tour also features a boat trip and some evening concerts with late finishes.





The festival’s musical programme ranges widely, featuring works by a variety of composers of different time periods and nationalities. The 2020 festval is centred upon the theme of the 'Art of Illusion' and aims to offer an escape from everyday life. Each concert is based around a defining theme, bringing together a set of works to explore particular motifs or ideas. We especially look forward to a performance at Kuhmo Church featuring Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, which will present this sacred and acclaimed work alongside versions of ‘Ave Maria’ by Liszt, Gounod and Piazzolla. Other festival highlights will include a concert entitled ‘The Three Lives of the Clarinet’, featuring works by Mozart and Haydn, and a session themed around the legendary figure of Faust, bringing together works by several composers including Beethoven and Pousseur.




Cost of £2995 includesreturn airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, three lunches, one evening snack (day 3), five dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £320.