From compositions based on birdsong to the ancient herding calls of Sweden, the music of this year’s Vinterfest explores relationship of humans to their natural environment. Composers of all times have drawn inspiration from nature, copied it and tried to represent it in their music – but our musical relationship with nature goes much deeper. Throughout our evolutionary history, musical expression has been a way for us to engage with and appreciate our natural surroundings, as well as helping us communicate with other animals and humans. Today, this deep, musical instinct can also help us look within ourselves, to better understand our own nature. With a programme spanning 350 years, three continents and a diverse array of styles, this year’s Vinterfest is an exploration of stunning natural and emotional landscapes.