The Fifth International Jean Sibelius Conference will be held in at
Worcester College, Oxford, England, on 17th–20th September 2010.

1)  Preliminary Schedule


Friday 17th September 2010
Participants are invited to arrive in Oxford on the afternoon/early evening. We shall organize a welcome drink to open the conference, after which you are free to explore the city. (No evening meal provided.)

Saturday 18th September 2010
Breakfast in college, followed by a meeting of the international Sibelius Societies. This will be followed by tea/coffee and the first of the conference papers. Lunch is taken in college, after which we shall listen to more papers before concluding the day with a chamber concert featuring Sibelius’s music for violin and piano and for solo piano. (No evening meal provided.)

Sunday 19th September 2010
Breakfast in college, followed by morning and afternoon sessions of papers. Coffee/tea will be provided, and lunch and dinner (with wine) will be taken in college. We are trying to arrange a further live music performance for this evening.

Monday 20th September 2010
After breakfast we hear the final papers and the conference concludes. Participants depart after lunch in college.


2)  Provisional Listing of Speakers and Topics


Andrew Barnett (UK Sibelius Society)
Every Note He Ever Wrote – the BIS Sibelius Edition

Les Black (Ithaca College, New York):
Musical Narrative as a Tale of the Forest in Sibelius’s Opus 114

Edward Clark (UK Sibelius Society)
Modern Reception to Sibelius in Great Britain

Colin Davis (University of North Texas)
Busoni’s Tribute to Sibelius

Alex Freeman (Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota)
The first movement of Sibelius’s Fourth Symphony: Sketch Study and Style Analysis

Irina Gornaya (Petrozavodsk Conservatory)
The Role of the Poetic Text in Jean Sibelius’s Songs

Folke Gräsbeck (Sibelius Academy, Helsinki)
Which of Sibelius’s 377 Miniatures are Remarkable?

Geoff Hayes (Melbourne, Australia)
Cigars and Spring Water: Broadcasting Sibelius from Melbourne

Olli Heikkinen (University of Tampere)
The preception of Sibelius’s Kullervo. The social construction of ‘Finnish musical language’

Tim Howell (University of York)
A Shadow, an Aura and Some Notes on Light: Re-defining the Sibelius Legac

Mart Humal (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre)
The large-scale sequence as the deep-middleground structure in two solo songs by Sibelius

Nors Josephson (Deidesheim, Germany)
Reconciling Opposites: On the Compositional Genesis of Sibelius’s Scènes historiques II

Edward Jurkowski (University of Lethbridge)
Sonata simple? A Reassessment of Sibelius’s Three Sonatinas, Op. 67

Kerri Kotta (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre)
The idea of transformation and recapitulatory space: some remarks on the first movements of the symphonies of Sibelius and Shostakovich

Robert Layton
[Title to be confirmed]

Veijo Murtomäki (Sibelius Academy, Helsinki)
Sibelius in the Context of the Finnish-German History

Thomas Erma Møller (University of Oslo)
Symphonies Nos 4 and 5 by Jean Sibelius – Metaphors and Orchestration

Ilkka Oramo (Sibelius Academy, Helsinki)
Why You Cannot Leave Sibelius Out

Anna Pulkkis (Sibelius Academy, Helsinki)
Expressive Transpositions in Sibelius’s Solo Songs

Michael Rohác (West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra)
Breaking through with Sibelius – Presenting Sibelius’s Music to a New Orchestra and New Audience

Jukka Tiilikainen (University of Helsinki)
In a Moment of Unprompted Inspiration – Illalle and Sibelius’s Re-interpretation of Modified Strophic Form

Olli Väisälä (Sibelius Academy, Helsinki)
6/4 chords in Sibelius’s openings: structural and expressive implications

Antti Vihinen (Karlshochschule International University)
Sibelius, the Nazis and the Political Culture of Finland

Timo Virtanen (National Library of Finland)
At a Crossing of Compositions – Sibelius’s Manuscripts for Cassazione

Ron Weidberg (Open University of Israel)
Two Ballades in Sibelius’s Josephson Songs, Op.57


3)  Costs


Participants will receive accommodation for three nights in recently renovated rooms at Worcester College, Oxford, with en-suite facilities and internet access. Breakfast, lunch, tea/coffee are included. In addition we shall take the Sunday evening meal in college (other evening meals are not included).

The cost for attending the conference is GBP. 430.00 (plus VAT @ 17.5% for non-VAT-registered UK and EU participants; participants from outside the EU are not liable for VAT).

Residents of the city of Oxford may attend the conference for a reduced rate of GBP. 225.00 (plus VAT if applicable). This includes tea/coffee, lunch and Sunday evening meal. Note: this price applies only to permament residents whose home address is in Oxford and who thus do not require accommodation in college.

Single-day attendance without accommodation is possible at a cost of GBP. 70.00 (plus VAT if applicable) per day (including tea/coffee and lunch but no evening meal).

Participants will receive invoices – by e-mail wherever possible – at the end of June 2010. The invoices will be issued by Compact Design Ltd on behalf of the Sibelius Conference. All due amounts must be received by 17th August 2010 to guarantee admission to the conference.

Cancellation/refunds: if you need to cancel your booking and do so before 17th August 2010, we can offer a refund of 80% of any fees already paid by you. In case of cancellation between 18th August and 1st September we can refund 50% of any fees paid. In case of cancellation after 1st September we cannot guarantee any refund.

Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Oxford (see below). Please ensure that you have adequate insurance in place for your travel and personal possessions.


4)  Other useful information


Each papers will last approx. 30 minutes including time for questions. Most papers will be in English, but papers in German are also welcome. A detailed schedule will be published closer to the conference.

There are excellent direct bus connections to Oxford from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Worcester College is located in the historic town centre, adjacent to the bus station. From central London there are good bus and train connections to Oxford; the college is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the railway station. Car parking in the city is extremely limited and we recommend that you do not bring a car unless absolutely necessary. 

Oxford offers its visitors a huge choice of activities and unique, exciting attractions. In addition to the various colleges that make up the university, the city boasts the Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum, Botanic Gardens and Christ Church Cathedral. Boat trips or punting on the river, entertaining guided walking tours (including Inspector Morse tours) and open-top bus tours take in the city’s architecture and introduce Oxford’s heritage. Or you can simply stroll around the streets of this world famous university city.
For further information please visit the city’s website

Worcester College
There has been an institution of learning on the college site since the late thirteenth century, and Worcester College in its current form, was founded in 1714. The buildings, particularly in the main quad, are diverse. On the north side there is an imposing eighteenth-century neo-classical building, and on the south side the Pump Quad and the picturesque row of medieval cottages which are among the oldest residential buildings in Oxford. The medieval cottages on the south side of the main quadrangle were to have been demolished and replaced by a further classical range, but survived because money for this purpose was never available; the hall and chapel, with interiors by James Wyatt, were not completed until the 1770s. Over the past fifty years ten residential blocks for undergraduates and graduates have been added. Although Worcester is close to the centre of Oxford today, it was on the edge of the city in the eighteenth century. This allowed the College to have its sports fields within the grounds and to retain very extensive gardens, which are as much of an attraction to visitors as the architecture.
For further information please visit the college’s website

   Worcester College

Lahti Sibelius Festival
The Sibelius Festival in Lahti will take place one week before the Conference. This year the programme will include Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos 5, 6 and 7, the Six Humoresques (violin soloist: Alina Pogostkina), Kullervo (with Helena Juntunen, Jorma Hynninen, the Lahti Male Choir and Otaniemen Kaiku Choir) a selection from The Tempest, Tapiola, Suite champêtre and Andante festivo (all with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste) plus a song recital by Gabriel Suovanen and Folke Gräsbeck and also a concert of  a cappella works from the Dominante Choir and Seppo Murto.
Further information:


5)  Organizers


The conference is organized by a committee comprising:

Andrew Barnett (UK Sibelius Society / Compact Design Ltd
+44 1273 307131 / +44 7802 187605
Postal address:
6 Chichester Drive West
Sussex BN2 8SH

Veijo Murtomäki (Sibelius Academy)

Anna Krohn (Sibelius Academy)

Folke Gräsbeck (Sibelius Academy)

Timo Virtanen (National Library of Finland)

Lauri Tarasti (Sibelius Society of Finland)

   In case of enquiries please contact Andrew Barnett or Veijo Murtomäki.


6)  Links
7)  Registration


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