Spring Sinfonia Concert

This term, the School’s orchestra will tackle the work of two composers with different styles but similar sentiments of national pride. Beginning with the music of Sibelius, the Sinfonia will perform the bombastic Finlandia, originally composed as a covert protest against the censorship of the Russian Empire. This will be followed by The Karelia Suite, a collection of pieces creating a tableau of a region of northern Europe untouched by civilisation. With this suite, Sibelius aimed to capture the blissful naivety of the locals through his simple folk-like melodies, once again depicting the people and cultures of his native Finland.


The second half will feature music exclusively by Borodin, a composer who, like many Russian composers, refused to quit his day-job as a chemist despite his excellent musical ability. Beginning with the evocative In the Steppes of Central Asia, the Sinfonia will paint a picture of the furthest reaches of 19th century Russian Empire. This will be followed by Borodin’s brusque and lively Symphony No. 3 in A minor, featuring many of the techniques common to the nationalist Russian composers at the time, most notably the reliance on repetitive folk melodies.


Tickets are available via TicketSource at a price of £5 for adults and free of charge for pupils.

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