In the Autumn of 2020 PO was split to two 50 person symphony orchestras and a 20 person string orchestra. PO-1 started rehearsing in the beginning of September and had a livestream concert without live audience in the end of October. PO-2 started rehearsing in the beginning of October, but the rehearsals and concert had to be cancelled one week prior to the original concert date in the end of November 2020. The string orchestra started rehearsing in the end of October, but also that needed to be cancelled due to the stricter restrictions.

We have not yet made decisions on Spring 2021. We follow closely the Covid-19 situation and the recommendations regarding free-time activities. If possible, we try to perform the programmes of the cancelled concerts later in 2021.

While the normal activities are on hold we can fully focus on preparing for our 100-year anniversary. If nothing else, let's look forward to the anniversary year 2022!

PO100 Anniversary Concert 9.4.2022 3pm

Helsinki Music Centre, Mannerheimintie 13 A Helsinki

Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2, soloist Mackenzie Melemed
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.1

Conducted by James Kahane

We are organising a PO100 Banquet after the anniversary concert. The preliminary signup has closed. The official signup is in the Autumn of 2021.

Waputin Concert Ball 1.5.2022 5pm

Glo Hotel Art, Lönnrotinkatu 29 Helsinki

Conducted by James Kahane

Kullervo Concert 19.11.2022 6pm

Temppeliaukio Church, Lutherinkatu 3 Helsinki

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus
Jean Sibelius: Kullervo, with the Polytech Choir

Conducted by James Kahane

Christmas Concert 21.12.2022 7pm

Finnish House of Nobility, Ritarikatu 1 Helsinki

Conducted by James Kahane

The Polytech Orchestra

The Polytech Orchestra, founded in 1922, is a student symphony orchestra from Espoo, Finland. The orchestra works in co-operation with Aalto University Student Union (AYY). Most of the approximately one hundred members are students and alumni from Aalto University, but there are also students from other universities and schools from the greater Helsinki area. The orchestra is conducted by James Kahane.

The main events of the year are the autumn and spring concerts in Helsinki area along with the spring tour that is typically headed to different parts of Finland. The orchestra has also given concerts abroad, for instance in Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Estonia, and Scotland. On every 1st of May, the yearly student festival in Finland, the Polytech Orchestra arranges the Waputin concert with both music and dancing. Waputin concert is arranged in a humorous way around a yearly-changing theme so that the audience can enjoy both music performances and the joy of waltz and other dances.

The Polytech Orchestra takes new members twice a year: in the beginning of September and January.