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Kaija Saariaho Film Screening

BBC SO Total Immersion

Kaija Saariaho image, centered around pink BBC SO branding

The ‘Echoes of the Universe' documentary tells the story of Kaija Saariaho, a composer born in Finland but who built her career from Paris.

The documentary focuses on Saariaho's international composing career and her extensive musical catalogue through her most significant opera and instrumental works.

The documentary follows Saariaho in her work and among young students and musicians, whom she always finds the time for guidance. The documentary also discusses Saariaho's transformation from a shy girl originating from Helsinki into the world's most respected contemporary composer. During her school years she studied various art subjects, but music drew the long straw, and she became interested in composing. People of importance for Saariaho's career also bring their presence to the documentary.

This day of events will now take place on Sunday 7 May, previously scheduled for Saturday 6 May, in respect of His Majesty King Charles III's Coronation.

Running time approx 90 min

Produced by BBC Symphony Orchestra

Digital Programme

Cinema 1