Kuule, minä sävellän! Composition Concert on Thursday, April 11, during the Helsinki Music Centre’s Kids´ Week:
• General rehearsal at 10 a.m.
• Concert at 4 p.m
In the lower foyer of the Helsinki Music Centre, free entrance.
A Voyage of Discovery for Musical Self-expression
In this year’s Very Young Composers’ Initiative, Finnish children and youths have the opportunity to compose, under the instruction of professional composers, for an orchestra of professional musicians that will be assembled.
The purpose is to actualize each child's musical vision as it is. The instructors will assist the children only with the technical aspects of composing. The compositions will be notated for the orchestra. The children will acquaint themselves with music through play and musical invention. A composition may start with a picture, a story, an emotion, or any other concept that is important to the child or youth.
“Composing means a great deal to me; I have often thought about chords and other things after this composition project. Greetings, other youths: Try composing! You never know what’s going to happen.” (Heikki, a past participant in the Kuule, minä sävellän! initiative)
This spring, visual arts will be included in the initiative in order to combine visuality and music through, for example, animation and sculpting. The visual arts teachers who will participate in the initiative include artists Satu-Minna Suorajärvi and KirsiMarja Metsähuone. The visual pieces that inspired the children and youths will be on display at the concert in April.
Forty-Four Children’s and Youths’ First Performances Have Occurred to Date
“The best part was getting to know a lot of new people while inventing and creating something for a professional orchestra. Also, the professional attitude from the orchestra was exceptional, considering that we weren’t professional composers." (Heidi, a past participant in the Kuule, minä sävellän! initiative)
The first Very Young Composers’ Initiative took place at the Helsinki Music Centre in November 2011. Since then, 44 children and youths of varying musical backgrounds have participated in the project. Fourteen new compositions will be played publicly for the first time in April.
The personnel will also include professional Finnish composers who will co-instruct the initiative with students from the Sibelius Academy. This year’s professional composers are Pasi Lyytikäinen and Minna Leinonen.
Kuule, minä sävellän! Initiative is a collaborative effort by the Centre of Music Helsinki, the Sibelius Academy, the Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish National Opera, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. This spring’s partners include, through the “Kolmio" Initiative, the Artists’ Association of Finland, the Society of Finnish composers, the Art and Culture Professionals Trade Union TAKU, and the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences.
The “Kolmio” Initiative joins visual arts, music, and social and health professionals in the production of wellbeing services. Kuule, minä sävellän! Initiative has received financial support from the Alfred Kordelin Foundation.
Juha Ahonen, chief of events, Helsinki Music Centre, tel. +358 20 707 0406
Riitta Tikkanen, lecturer, Sibelius Academy, tel. +358 40 738 5412
Satu Ristlakki, executive producer, Finnish National Opera Education Department, tel. +358 9 403 02516