A Journey Into The Heart Of Finnish Music

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As Finland celebrates not only its ninetieth year of independence and also marks the fiftieth anniversary of Sibelius's death, Tom Service travels to Helsinki to get to the heart of what drives the extraordinary Finnish music scene.

There are few countries whose identities are as bound up with classical music as Finland's, symbolised by the composer Jean Sibelius.

His music inspires images of frozen landscapes, of dark forests and of midnight sun, and he was the catalyst for a musical culture that has produced an array of great composers and performers.