BBC SO Total Immersion: Spotlight on Kaija Saariaho

  • 1pm
Composer Kaija Saariaho
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Classical Music
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Booking required | In-person
Milton Court Concert Hall

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The BBC Symphony Orchestra’s day of Total Immersion in the music of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho begins with music of gentle (but limitless) power performed by Guildhall School chamber musicians.

Kaiija Saariaho is one of the most original and influential figures in 21st-century music, a composer who used Finland’s buoyant musical traditions as a launchpad for a journey that has transformed our very perception of musical space and time. Few living composers are more deserving of a day of total immersion; and none occupies such a striking position between intellectual enquiry and pure, wondrous beauty.

‘I hope the music can open all kinds of minds’ she says. ‘It’s like eating a cake, you just enjoy it or you do not.’ And so this Total Immersion Day begins in the intimate space of Milton Court with a taster selection of her chamber music – performed by musicians from Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and introduced by Saariaho herself.

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Milton Court, based across the road from our Silk Street building, provides the School with world-class performance and training spaces, including a state of the art concert hall, a lyric theatre, a studio theatre and several major rehearsal rooms.

Milton Court, 1 Milton Street, London, EC2Y 9BH