Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival
July, 2018 | Tour Director: Sandy Burnett | Register interest
• Visit one of Europe’s most spectacular settings for music, in remotest northern Finland just south of the Arctic Circle
• Discover the unique atmosphere of this small but world renowned festival of chamber music where music lovers and top class performers alike congregate in the isolated town
• Explore the surrounding forests and lakes of the Kainuu region, including the magical Koli National Park
The town of Kuhmo, situated a little south of the Arctic Circle, is in the region of Finland known as Kainuu, an area rich in local traditions – and a land where bear, wolf and elk still roam through the dense forest.
This remote part of Scandinavia is a unique place to hold a chamber music festival but the event that started as a small village festival now hosts some of the world’s most renowned chamber musicians for two weeks every year.
The pine forests surrounding Kuhmo spread unbroken over half a million hectares and are dotted by 600 lakes, providing one of the most stunning backdrops for music anywhere in the world.
The relaxed and friendly spirit of the 9400 Kuhmo dwellers in this isolated corner of Finland perfectly reflects the feel of festivities, which combines a high standard of performance and a wide-ranging repertoire with a strong rapport between artists and audience.
Local people open up their traditional houses and farm buildings to create pop-up restaurants and cafes, welcoming music lovers from all over the world. Performances take place mainly in the Kuhmo Arts Centre, a comfortable, newly-built concert hall with a magni cent wooden interior and excellent acoustics.
TOUR CODE: KUHM-18
Sandy Burnett MA
a musician and broadcaster who spent over a decade as one of the best-known classical music presenters on BBC Radio 3. He has confucted the major sacred works by J S Bach and has masterminded a complete cycle of the sacred cantatas.