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All Aboard: International Music Day 1st of October 2016

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International Music Day was started by Yehudi Menuhin, former president of the International Music Council. His aim was to promote music’s place in modern culture and give everyone an insight in to the profession, by making events accessible to all. Now, more than 40 years later, October 1st is celebrated around the world as International Music Day.

This year the Estonian Music Council have organised over 150 free music events around the country. There will also be a number of paid concerts. 2016 will also mark the first time that Estonian musicians will take part in International Music Day events outside the country.

Whatever kind of music you are into, be it folk, jazz, classical, choral…, there is sure to be something for you. For just a small soundbite in to what’s on offer, keep reading…

International Music Day will see the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra swap their normal plush environment of the Estonia concert hall, for the hip and trendy Telliskivi Creative City. Where a number of smaller ensembles will be performing in various venues and café’s during the day. They will end the day by coming together for evening symphony concert at Punane Maja, conducted by Andres Kaljuste.

As well as more established music venues, you can also expect to see acts performing in some unexpected places too, such as mezzo-soprano Triin Ella and accordion player Kristel Laas who will be performing on the train between Tallinn and Keila. There are sure to be a few surprised weekend commuters when they start performing on the 7:56am train! There will also be a number of performances taking place on buses and trolleys around the city throughout the day.

Working at the weekend can really suck, but maybe not if you work at Funderbeam! As string quartet Prezioso will be coming in to make a lunchtime performance. Just imagine being entertained on your commute and then again at work. Working on a Saturday, couldn’t get much better in my opinion! On the same theme concerts will also be taking place in hospitals, shopping centres, bus stations and even a sauna.

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Just some of the music day venues (Telliskivi Creative city (left), Nr 18 Bus (Centre), Tallinn-Keila Train (Right)

If you should want to take a break from all that good music and want to head to somewhere more peaceful. Why not join musicologist Tiia Järg on a cultural tour arounds Tallinn’s Forest Cemetery.

If you happen to be outside of Tallinn, don’t fret, because there are over 150 performances taking place all across the country. To see the full program of events click here. Scroll to the bottom if you want to see the events happening in Tallinn.

The culmination of the day’s celebrations will be the Estonian Classical and Jazz Music Awards. That will also be shown on the national television network ETV.

Now that’s music to my ears!!!

Who are you planning to go and watch? Let us know…


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