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ANNA-MARIA HELSING APPOINTED PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR OF THE BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA

The BBC Concert Orchestra has appointed Finnish conductor Anna-Maria Helsing as its new Principal Guest Conductor.

Helsing will join the current BBC CO's conducting team of Bramwell Tovey (Principal Conductor), Barry Wordsworth (Conductor Laureate), and Keith Lockhart (Chief Guest Conductor), bringing additional creativity to a roster already representing a broad range of musical styles. 

The initial tenure spans three years and will see Helsing lead the BBC Concert Orchestra in a range of projects across its diverse portfolio. Her first concert with the orchestra as designate takes place at Maida Vale on 13 December, live on BBC Radio 3's 'Afternoon Concert'. Plans for appearances through the 19/20, 20/21 and 21/22 seasons are under development and will include 'Musical Roots' at the Southbank on 22 February 2020, where Helsing will lead the orchestra in a new concert format for families that she has co-created with members of the BBC Concert Orchestra and an artistic team.

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Anna-Maria Helsing takes over as the new artistic director of the RUSK festival

Anna-Maria Helsing takes over as the new artistic director of the RUSK festival from 2020. The high level chamber music festival was founded in 2013 by the clarinettist Christoffer Sundqvist and the composer Sebastian Fagerlund and is held annually every November in Jakobstad, Finland.

Anna-Maria Helsing in Sweden October - November

In November Anna-Maria Helsing returns to the Östgöta Wind Symphony in Linköping as well as to Wermland Opera Orchestra in Karlstad. This time the programme in Linköping will have an emphasis on French music, with composers as Debussy, Ravel and Françaix. In Karlstad the famous Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and the Mendelssohn Third Symphony, "The Scottish", will be performed.

Anna-Maria Helsing in Helsinki, Kokkola and Korsholm in August-September

Anna-Maria Helsing returns to the Vaasa Opera for a world premiere of the Olli Kortekangas church opera "Elämänkuvat". In September she returns to the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra for another world premiere, this one by Outi Tarkiainen, and to the Finnish National Opera Orchestra for a concert in Helsinki.

Anna-Maria Helsing gives her debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on 6 June

Anna-Maria Helsing gives her debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on 6 June. It is a last minute replacement with the BBC Concert Orchestra in music by Delius, Dove, de Falla, Grieg, Torke and Prokofiev. She will also return to the Norrbotten Chamber Orchestra for a concert at the Piteå Festival on 18 June.

Anna-Maria Helsing in Iceland, Helsinki and Gothenburg in April-May

Anna-Maria Helsing returns to Iceland in April for two concerts with Sinfonia Nord in Akureyrí and Reykjavík. In May she will conduct her former orchestra, the Wegelius Chamber Strings, in Helsinki. She also returns to the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of AION, a new piece by Anna Thorvaldsdóttir for the Iceland Dance Company and GSO.

Anna-Maria Helsing returns to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Joensuu City Orchestra in March.

In March Anna-Maria Helsing returns to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra for a concert of contemporary Icelandic music. She also returns to the Joensuu City Orchestra for a concert with music by the young Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi all the way back to Beethoven´s Second Symphony.

January 2019: The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and debut with the BBC Concert Orchestra in London

In January 2019 Anna-Maria returns to the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra for two concerts. She also makes her debut with the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, in a programme of among others Roussel and Saint-Saëns.

Anna-Maria Helsing returns to the Göteborg Opera Orchestra and Avanti! Chamber Orchestra in November

In November Helsing will conduct a romantic Finnish-Russian programme with the Göteborg Opera Orchestra in the concert called "Höstglöd". Music by Sibelius (Katarina Karneus, mezzo-soprano), Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky. At the concert "In Memoriam" in Jakobstad she will collaborate with the accomplished actress Stina Ekblad, who will recite poems to the music. Helsing also returns to the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra for an all contemporary music concert at the Nordic Music Days.

Anna-Maria Helsing in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Helsinki in October

In October Anna-Maria Helsing returns to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra for two weeks of concerts with a new commissioned piece by Anders Niska. She also conducts the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Dvořák (Arto Noras, cello), Prokofiev, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Jüri Reinvere.

Anna-Maria Helsing at the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival in September

Helsing returns to the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and gives her debut with the Trondheim Sinfonietta during the last week of September. She will conduct music by Benjamin Britten and Michel van der Aa at two concerts of different programme, September 26 and 27.

Anna-Maria Helsing in London and Stockholm in June

In June Anna-Maria Helsing returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and their series "Music of Today" for a concert in the Royal Festival Hall June 7th. She also makes her debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in two different programs in Stockholm, June 13th and 16th.

Anna-Maria Helsing gives debut with BBC Philharmonic

On 3 May Anna-Maria Helsing gives her debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducting music by Respighi, Andrea Tarrodi, Sibelius, Minna Leinonen and Rautavaara.

Anna-Maria Helsing in Sweden in April

April 9-13 Anna-Maria returns to Gävle Symphony Orchestra for concerts in Gävle and Hudiksvall, with music by Rautavaara, Lindström and Berwald. The following week she works with the Gothenburg Symphony, giving 11 concerts with the Enigma variations by Elgar on the programme. April 26 she gives her debut with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Berwald, Högberg and Elgar.

Anna-Maria Helsing in London and Helsinki in March

On 9 March Anna-Maria will be rehearsing in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra for the June concert "Composers Academy". 12-17 March she is conducting a concert with the Academy Winds and the Guards band in Helsinki (FI) with music by P. Heininen, J. Linkola and J. de Meij.

Anna-Maria Helsing conducts the Nordic Chamber Orchestra

Anna-Maria Helsing conducts the Nordic Chamber Orchestra in Sundsvall and Härnösand (SE) on 1 and 2 March. The programme features Tobias Broström's Cello Concerto, Uuno Klami's Suite for small orchestra and  Mozart's Symphony No. 41 Jupiter.

Anna-Maria Helsing at rostrum of Pori Sinfonietta.

Anna-Maria Helsing conducts the Pori Sinfonietta in Pori, Finland on 8 February presenting following programme:  Andrea Tarrodi: Camelopardalis, Reinhold Glière: Harp Concerto op.74 and Einojuhani Rautavaara: Autumn gardens.

Anna-Maria Helsing at Kaustinen Chamber Music Week

On 29 January-2 February Anna-Maria Helsing will be conducting Keski-Pohjanmaan Kamariorkesteri with music by P.Heininen, P-H Nordgren, A. Sallinen, M. Leinonen (world premiere) and A. Dvořák.