Happy Birthday, Sibelius

Tuesday 8th December 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sibelius, Finland’s national treasure and world renowned composer.

 

So you might well  hear the sounds of his ‘Finlandia’ drifting through the air as you go about London today – or this week. There are several concerts to mark the occasion, for example Thursday December 10th 2015 7.00 p.m. Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London here.

See the church on google streetview  here.  [near Royal Albert Hall].

 

The Finlandia Hymn is the serene hymn-like section of the patriotic symphonic poem Finlandia, written by Sibelius in 1899 and 1900.

With words written in 1941 by Veikko Antero Koskenniemi, the Finlandia Hymn is one of the most important national songs of Finland.

There are many alternative lyrics written by others to suit their purpose – see wiki here .

 

Sibbensyntymapaiva

Photo just arrived direct from Helsinki – from ‘Ambassador’ Outi.  Thanks. 

Sing along [thanks to YLE]  here:

and below [with lyrics]-

 

Let the world celebrate Sibelius. 

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