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Winter Solstice

Sunday 3 December 2023


Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Tickets: £40 / 33.50 / 27.50 / 19.50 / 13 / 1 child / additional concessions available

Sibelius and Arvo Pärt: our winter programme brings together two great composers in a concert of meditative, snowy beauty and drama.

Arvo Pärt is of the most performed living composers in the world; he has enthralled listeners for decades, evoking a haunting spirituality though space and simplicity. The Estonian’s music is mesmerising, ranging from sacred choral work to chamber and orchestral landscapes.  We begin with the enduringly popular Spiegel im Spiegel, a soulful violin and piano duo; then a rare chance to hear Lamentate, his dramatic ritual for piano and large orchestra, written for a collaboration with Anish Kapoor at the opening of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2002. A powerful lament for the pain of living, Pärt describes the music oscillating between ‘brutal-overwhelming and intimate-fragile,’ and it’s his mightiest work to date.

We’re delighted to welcome back the eminent conductor Sian Edwards, who continues with Sibelius’ blazing, ecstatic second symphony. It was a beacon for Finnish independence as well as personal liberation: My second symphony is a confession of the soul,’ the composer wrote, and it’s become one of Sibelius’s most loved works.


Winter Solstice

Arvo Pärt

Spiegel im Speigel

Arvo Pärt



Symphony no. 2 in D major Op. 43

Sian Edwards


Ruth Rogers


Joanna MacGregor


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