Simon O'Neill

New soloists for Symphony of a Thousand concerts

The soprano soloist of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s spring season-ending Symphony of a Thousand concerts has changed due to illness: Maija Rautasuo will sing in place of Sanna Iljin, whose name appears in the programme.  In addition, tenor Simon O'Neill will sing in place of Nikolai Schukoff.

Gustav Mahler's Eighth Symphony is referred to as the “Symphony of a Thousand” because of its massive performance requirements, which is why it is rarely performed. More than 400 performers will spread out across the stage and in the back stands of the concert hall, including no fewer than eight soloists, five choirs and an expanded symphony orchestra. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra will be reinforced by twenty young international musicians who are participating in the concert through cooperation with the LEAD! Foundation. 

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at Musiikkitalo on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 May. The concerts will be led by Chief Conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste.   

The concert on Wednesday evening will be broadcast as an HKO Screen livestream on the orchestra’s website and mobile app. A recording of the concert will be published on the website after the concert. 


28-29 May 2024 at 19:00 

Musiikkitalo – Helsinki Music Centre 

  • Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 
  • Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor 
  • Meagan Miller, Helena Juntunen, Maija Rautasuo, soprano 
  • Elli Vallinoja, Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo-soprano 
  • Simon O'Neill, tenor 
  • Tommi Hakala, baritone 
  • Tómas Tómasson, bass 
  • Swedish Radio Choir 
  • Latvian Radio Choir 
  • Helsinki Chamber Choir 
  • Helsinki Music Centre Choir 
  • Cantores Minores 
  • Nils Schweckendiek, Hannu Norjanen, choir coaching