Sibelius Five

Sibelius Five

Sibelius Canzonetta
Sibelius Kuolema: Kurkikohtaus (Scene with Cranes)
Sibelius Valse Triste
Mahler Rückert-Lieder
Beethoven Leonore Overture No3
Sibelius Symphony No5

“Today I saw 16 swans. God, what beauty!” Sibelius took a brief glimpse of wonder, and transformed it into the melody that crowns his Fifth Symphony – a tune so good that when you hear it for the first time, you feel like you’ve known it your whole life. Tonight’s concert brings together four of Sibelius’ loveliest visions, the elemental power of Beethoven, and Mahler’s rapturous songs, as Thomas Søndergård opens a gateway to new worlds of natural beauty.

This concert is dedicated to the Lillie Bequest Fund in honour of the RSNO Foundation.

Fri 26 May 2017, 7.30PM

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£39, £29, £22, £16.50, £12.50


Under 16s free, Under 26s/Mature Students/Unemployed £6, Disabled Patrons 50% off

Featured Artists

Thomas  Søndergård

Thomas Søndergård


Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW); prior to this, he was for three seasons Principal Conductor and Musical Advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

Plans for 2016:17 include debuts with Bayerische Staatsoper (Turandot), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony Orchestra and Deutsche Oper Berlin (world premiere of Scartazzini’s Edward II) and return visits to Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Royal Danish Opera (Il viaggio a Reims). With RSNO, projects include Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with Janine Jansen and with BBC NOW, the complete Stravinsky Firebird, recordings and touring.

Recent seasons have included Leipzig Gewandhaus, DSO Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony; leading tours with Junge Deutsche Philiharmonie and European Union Youth Orchestra; Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic; Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony; Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Brussels and Luxembourg Philharmonics; Toronto, Atlanta, Vancouver, Houston and Seattle Symphony Orchestras; Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Symphony.

Jennifer  Johnston

Jennifer Johnston


The dramatic mezzo-soprano was named by both BBC Music Magazine and the Observer as "a rising star", and the Financial Times as the "Face to Watch in Opera". A former BBC New Generation Artist, she is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, and is the recipient of numerous awards. She has appeared under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner as Jocasta in Oedipus Rex with the London Symphony Orchestra (released as an LSO Live disc), in Bruckner's Mass No.1 with the Bayerische Rundfunks Sinfonieorchester, in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique in Lucerne, and at the BBC Proms broadcast on BBC4, Carnegie Hall and on an extended tour around Europe and the USA in both Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis with the ORR (released on disc by SDG). She has also worked with Kirill Petrenko, Sir Andrew Davis, Donald Runnicles, Kent Nagano, Ingo Metzmacher, Bernard Labadie, Kiril Karabits, Juanjo Mena, Dan Ettinger, Thomas Søndergård, David Atherton, Alexander Shelley, Cornelius Meister, David Hill, Thomas Dausgaard, Thierry Fischer, Leonard Slatkin, Harry Bicket and Laurence Cummings.