Saturday, April 23, 2022

Music to relax after campaigning: Jean Sibelius, "Finlandia"


A great day's campaigning today: Out and about this morning in part of my ward, delivering leaflets and meeting the friendly residents of the Mirehouse estate with Trudy Harrison MP, Martin Barbour and Oliver Dorgan: later on Oliver and myself went to support Martin in Distington, part of his patch, and again had a friendly reception.

"Finlandia" was written by Sibelius as part of a series of events marking Finland's resistance to Russian oppression. Finland being a democratic country which has on more than one occasion had to defend itself against aggression from a Russian tyrant, this piece seems particularly appropriate at this time as the brave people of Ukraine are making a similar stand.

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