Folk music in the University of Arts: The Joy of It!

Anna Whiteford’s performance examination.

Exchange student Anna’s concert is a celebration of her time spent within Sibelius’ folk department.  

Hailing from Scotland, where she studies Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Anna has spent the last five months at Sibelius Academy, immersing herself in the music, song, and dance traditions of Finland. With a deep interest in both Nordic and Celtic folk music, Anna has sought connection between the two traditions, weaving together arrangements of Finnish folk tunes with the Celtic influences of her background resulting in a rich intertwined musical tapestry.


  • Anna Whiteford, accordion 

More information: Jannika Lahin,

40 years of folk music at the Sibelius Academy!

Music, song and dance belong to everyone! The art, pedagogy and research of folk music will be highlighted throughout the year by students, teachers, alumni and emeriti. Follow the anniversary communication on the Folk Music Department’s social media channels. Welcome to participate, listen, discuss and celebrate with us!


29.5.2023 at 15:00 – 15:30


Small hall

Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 9

00100 Helsinki

R Building


Free entrance

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