About Valkia: A House of Light


Sami Junnonen flute
Saara Aittakumpu conductor

Sibelius Venematka (Boat trip); Sortunut ääni (Broken voice); Terve,
kuuu (Hail, o Moon) 7'
Tormis Kaksikpühendus (Double dedication - Diptych) 4'
Rautavaara Four Songs from the opera Aleksis Kivi 12’
Vaughan Williams Linden Lea; Vagabond; Bushes and Briars 8'
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi Two by four Shakespeare songs 6’30
Cheryl Frances-Hoad A House of Light - The Ballad of Eddystone (premiere) 20’

International prizewinning Finnish male voice chamber choir, Valkia, are joined by virtuoso flautist Sami Junnonen for the premiere of a new ballad by English composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, inspired by wild sea landscapes and the tumultuous history of Cornwall’s Eddystone lighthouse. In the remainder of the programme, songs draw on the natural world and the rhythms of daily life, from the contrasts of Rautavaara’s opera suite that includes songs on both ‘The Squirrel’ and ‘The Glory of Beer’ to Vaughan Williams deft arrangements of folksongs from the English countryside.