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Fri 31 May 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Sibelius: States of Independence

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £10-£60

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States of Independence

Elgar Serenade for Strings
Strauss Violin Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Thierry Fischer Conductor
Alina Ibragimova Violin

The definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty.

We round off our Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness season with the definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty.

Even in its own time, Sibelius’ Second Symphony was hailed as a statement against Russian occupation and a proud assertion of Finnish national identity. An extremely powerful piece with a stirring finale, it played its part in paving the way for Finland’s independence in 1917, and helped make Sibelius a national hero.

Thierry Fischer is joined by violinist Alina Ibragimova for a programme also featuring the music of Richard Strauss and Edward Elgar.


Free pre-concert talk – Nationalism in Music: Good, Bad or Euro-Sceptic

6pm, Level Five Function Room

Dr Robert Samuels of our academic partners, the Open University, explores how Sibelius, Strauss and Elgar were in all, in their own way, associated with nationalist movements in their countries.

Venue details

This venue has disabled access. Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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