Each year music aficionados from around the world gather in the Finnish city of Lahti for the International Sibelius Festival, a celebration of the composer’s music. Performances take place in the spectacular Sibelius Hall, situated on the southern shores of Lake Vesijärvi. The hall is an architectural and acoustic marvel with stunning views over the surrounding lake.
Our tour will begin in Helsinki, where our itinerary incorporates many of the cultural highlights of the city – including the Rock Church, Sibelius Monument, and Hvitträsk, the home of architect Eliel Saarinen. At Lahti, alongside the festival performances, we will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sibelius Hall and a lake cruise. Further excursions will include a tour of Ainola and Sibelius’s house.
This tour will be led by Sandy Burnett, MA, a musician and broadcaster with a varied career embracing conducting, broadcasting, playing double bass and communicating his passion for music. Sandy was a musical director for many years in London’s West End, and spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3.
Full details, including musical programme, will be released in early 2018. Contact the ACE office now to register your interest.
Sandy Burnett, MA
a musician and BBC Radio broadcaster
4 Sep — 10 Sep 2018
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