As Finland celebrates 100 years of independence, join us for a free late-night performance by two of the country’s top folk musicians.
Following the Philharmonia’s all-Sibelius programme in Royal Festival Hall, the Orchestra presents a post-concert performance by Juuri & Juuri (’root and root’). The duo dives deep into Finnish folk traditions, recreating the music of late 19th and early 20th-century field recordings. ’We can’t jump into the boots of a fiddler from a century ago, but we can seek the flow he would have found when playing his never-ending tune in the darkening cabin: simple elements, endless variation.’
Emilia Lajunen plays five string violin and nyckelharpa, a keyed fiddle whose roots can be traced back to the middle ages. Eero Grundström plays harmonica and a customised harmonium. From songs of lament to foot-stomping dance tunes, they bring an authentic taste of Finland to Southbank Centre.
Emilia Lajunen5-stringed violin, nyckelharpa, vocals Eero Grundströmharmonium, harmonica, vocals