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Letters to Sibelius

Former English professor Marshall Walker reads his letters to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

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Marshall Walker in the RNZ studio.

Marshall Walker in the RNZ studio. Photo: Claúdia Pacce

This radio series takes the form of letters from Marshall Walker to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Walker was a retired Professor of English who lived in Hamilton, New Zealand. He grew up in Glasgow and at an early age he was hooked by the music of Sibelius. It became a lifelong passion.

These programmes recount episodes in Walker’s life and the powerful effect that Sibelius had in them – on Walker himself and on the members of his family. They were produced by Tim Dodd of RNZ Concert.

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