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Hooray! We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2023! The celebrations will be themed around the future of arts.

A Child of Our Time

Tippett’s still topical and rarely heard oratorio will be performed in the Helsinki Music Centre concert hall

With his work, Tippett sent a strong message to his contemporaries about the necessity of understanding others at a time when societies were divided to their extremes and national disputes set off the Second World War. Tippett separated from the norms of his time to make oppressed voices heard by replacing the oratorio’s chorales with African-American spirituals.


  • Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra
  • Sibelius Academy Choir
  • Sibelius Academy Kuopio Unit Choir
  • Helsinki Music Centre Chorus
  • Sibelius Academy Vocal Soloists
    • Hannele Ahola, Hanna Hasu, Manca Kumar, Júlia Pérez Arquillo, soprano
    • Maija Turunen, Leni Välimäki, alto
    • Aarne Mansikka, Otso Sipilä, tenor
    • Ivan Besedin, Okko Lakka, Paulus Hartikainen, bass
  • Nils Schweckendiek, conductor


  • Michael Tippett: A Child of Our Time oratorio

Additional information: Márta Schmidt, má

Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra

Since 1916, the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra has been the backbone of the education of Finnish orchestral musicians. In spectacular productions, the Academy’s young conductors and soloists also get the opportunity to showcase their skills. Sakari Oramo, Professor of Orchestra Education, is responsible for the educational content of the orchestra. The orchestra’s home concert hall is the Helsinki Music Centre concert hall and it regularly visits other halls both in Finland and abroad.

Mannerheimintie renovation project

Access to the Musiikkitalo from the direction of Mannerheimintie will be difficult. We recommend that you allow enough time for your arrival and use the entrance on the side of Kansalaistori if possible. According to current information, the entrance to Mannerheimintie will also remain in use throughout the renovation, but pedestrian routes can be challenging at times.

We recommend following the official information channels of the renovation project, where you can find the most up-to-date information.


25.11.2023 at 16:00 – 17:10


Concert Hall

Mannerheimintie 13a

00100 Helsinki

Helsinki Music Centre



Ticket sales begin 3.7.2023

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