Radio Tumbril / Encore

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Radio Tumbril is a station being aired on Channel 292 and WRMI with the one hour programme "Encore" of classical music.


Tue Encore - Radio Tumbril toimintaa:
QTH: Jyväskylä (KP22TF) - Romppeet: FM: Sony XDR-F1HD w/ XDR-GTK, AirSpy HF+, SDRPlay RSP1A - Antennit: InnovAntenna OP-DES Yagi ja Triax FM-3. HF: Loop on ground, MLA-30 loop, MiniWhip


Encore - Classical Music One hour on Radio Tumbril on Short Waves
Regular Broadcast times of Encore are:
10:00 - 11:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe - Simulcast on 9670 kHz

22:00 - 23:00 UTC Saturday 5950 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 7780 & 5850 kHz WRMI to Europe US and Canada
16:00 – 17:00 UTC Sunday 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
21:00 - 22:00 UTC Sunday 3955 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
02:00 - 03:00 UTC Monday 5950 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Tuesday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
22:00 – 23:00 UTC Thursday 5950 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
19:00 – 20:00 UTC Friday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe

Many thanks to WRMI for making the old time of 13:00 UTC Tuesday available again for the 15770 broadcast - moved from Friday at 11:00 UTC.
Better propagation and gives an opportunity to listen midweek.

Our email is . Informal reception reports as well as those requesting eQSL welcome.
The website is where we show transmission times and frequencies, the playlist for the most recent programmes, more information about Radio Tumbril, and the email link.

This week's Programme - First broadcast this coming Saturday by Channel 292 - begins with a gavotte from Rameau, some carnival music from the opera Notre Dame by Fanz Schmidt, a Telemann quartet, and some contemporary music from the prolific British composer Charlotte Bray. After that, three songs by Schubert, two movements from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, and - to finish the programme - a nocturne by Chopin.

Channel 292 can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their site with a google search.
A very good site for online SDR receivers all over the world is:  Click the 'Map' button in the top left of the screen.

Thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave on Radio Tumbril.

Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - Scotland


so .. today 16:00 – 17:00 UTC Sunday 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
21:00 - 22:00 UTC Sunday 3955 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
viikon ohjelmat päättyvät runolliseen Chopinin yötunnelmiin.

it happened today the 2nd Oct -21... a short break in the transmission! What says BA himself about it?

"Hi Kari - I am here and enjoying your emails.But it's always good to hear from you and other folk from further North!"
Yes about the question..
"The break at the beginning on 9670 is the beam array antenna being switched to omni-directional.
In the previous hour I think it is pointing towards the US and Finland will probably be off the edge of the cone.
So when it goes to omni the power might seem to come up, subject to propagation. 9670 is better than 6070 at the moment - usually is."
Best wishes,

26.10.21 :"Great to hear of you. A treat for FinFans at the beginning of next prog!
Bit early for the end of December but...


Saturday Show Encore on 9670 kHz the 4th Sep 21 S9+ via Iitti -- plus via 2 Kotka SDRs
Hi Kari. Good reception on Scotland too. Listening on RCA AR88 from 1942. Nice tone. Brice

Peksu PSO Kotka

Moomin coffee...

...and radio room  ;D

And an audio clip of today show from KiwiSDR in Iitti, Finland!AiX4BSU3gs4NhaBD9CVWU0Z_R9gEFw?e=3aKMCv


#5 - Good news for Finland!
A talent Brit Nicholas Collon will start as a new chief conductor in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
All the best to him!


"Moomin coffee and radio room!"And.
Have a look at the CD - Sinfonia Lahti record on the table!
Brice Avery had received that CD from Lahti as a thank for making Finnish music famous in the world!



 The Proms on BBC WS, with highlights from the 2021 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival!
Connecting the Brits by the radio all over world..


10 awesome classical pieces under 2 minutes long
More that kind of insights! To help for ex in making Encore programs! Gratefully received more!


Encore has not played only Sibelius music but much more hilarious styles like Oskar Merikanto´s Summer Evening Waltz played here by the famous Japanese pianist Izumi Tateno, who lived many years in Finland!
myself I am very fascinated by this song of Oskar Merikanto
Izumi Tateno - Etude, Op. 76 (Sibelius)
Friendship Envoy Izumi Tateno, Finland-Japan 2019
Sibelius Kuusi Spruce Izumi Tateno

Oskar Marikanto

Izumi Tateno


It was practiced all Christmas. 8-year-old Eero Fredrikson was sitting at home in Jyväskylä listening to the Andante festival composed by Jean Sibelius while his father Onni, his twin brother Eino, Olavi Vänttinen and Paavo Kesäniemi were playing. However, the men didn't worry that there could be better things to do at Christmas. The significance of the situation was understood, and now there was no time to waste. The score written for the string quartet had been received from Sibelius shortly before Christmas, and had yet to be made stems for each player. The premiere was due a few days later, December 28, 1922. So now we practiced. Eino and Olavi grabbed the violin, Paavo the viola, and Onni placed the cello firmly in front of him. Once again, boys. It wasn't just any celebration. Säynätsalo celebrated the 25th anniversary of plywood and sawmills, but also the independence celebration of its own parish. On the morning of December 28, 1922, it was seen how dozens of horses were cooling from Jyväskylä all the way to the ice of Päijänne towards Säynätsalo, on a sleigh ride by invited guests from Helsinki: former prime ministers A.K. Cajander and Kaarlo Castrén, ministers, senators, bank governors, professors, merchants and leaders. "It was a handsome caravan that glided among nearly 40 horsepower at a sluggish pace as the rigors and passages rumbled along the winter landscape of Central Finland over hills and valleys." This is how Väinö Virtanen, a member of the party's riding committee, painted the journey towards the gate of honor decorated with vines. The guests from Helsinki had already set off the previous night on a special train. Three sleeping carriages had been reserved, which the Chief Railway Officer had "kindly cleaned to a condition pleasing to passengers," testifies the Report on the 25th anniversary of the Säynätsalo mills (published in 1923). Almost 50 invited guests came from Helsinki and about the same number from the Jyväskylä region. In addition, factory officials and those who had been working in the house for more than 10 years were invited to receive a certificate of honor and a medal from the Economic Society. A total of 300 people were coming to the party. It was decided to hold the party at the Säynätsalo Society house. After that, dinners would be served at the new handsome elementary school. When the event started at one in the afternoon, everything was ready. Our string quartet was also ready. I followed the house to the house hours earlier to warm up the instruments.One week before the party, the post office had brought a shipment to Dr. Walter Parviainen, the director of the Säynätsalo factories. Inside was a score of a few pages, the cover of which read: "Composed and dedicated to Walter Parviainen on the occasion of the celebration on December 28, 1922," Andante festivo "for the quartet, Jean Sibelius." The men had met on the street in Helsinki after Parviainen had been in the capital under Christmas. Parviainen told of the celebration, and Sibelius had promised to remember the celebration with his composition. How did the men know each other? Sibelius researcher Markku Hartikainen explains the background: Parviainen and Sibelius' brother Christian had been classmates during their medical studies and belonged to the student quartet, which Jean knew well already in the 1880s.Walter's cousin, the painter Oscar Parviainen, who was a close friend of Sibelius, was also a unifying link. After graduating, Parviainen worked as a doctor, but ended up as the director of Joh. Parviainen Oy, founded by his father, in Säynätsalo as the successor to his suddenly deceased brother Hugo. Sibelius had acted quickly with his promises. After receiving the notes, Parviainen asked his good friend Onni Fredrikson to assemble the quartet. In the Museum of Central Finland, curator Erkki Fredrikson, the son of little Eero, who listened to music under the table, looks at Sibelius' score from the museum's collections. Next door is Ilmari Hannikainen's arrangement for harmony. -? Hannikainen's arrangement was called to the workforce a couple of days after the party at Säynätsalo school, Fredrikson says. Walter Parviainen would have liked to have seen his entire workforce at the actual party, but the crowd would have risen to 1,300 by then, and there simply were no such large spaces. However, coffee was offered to the entire workforce after the party. Around Christmas 1922, Erkki Fredrikson often heard about his specialty from his grandmother, Signe, Onni's wife. Signe said that when Parviainen brought Sibelius' score home to them, it was immediately noticed that the quartet could not play about it. Sheet music was needed separately for all callers. But Signe was a good pianist, and he played the song directly from the score on the piano. That's when the men of the quartet heard the composition for the first time.The Lyseum gymnastics teacher Paavo Kesäniemi, who played the viola, did stems all night, and the training started right away. -? All the members of the quartet at that time were amateurs, but top musicians in their locality. Olavi Vänttinen, the youngest, who had just written as a student, later became a professional violinist. Fredrikson is sure the quartet knew what kind of treasure they were on. The Kullervo Symphony in 1891 had been a breakthrough for Sibelius. Finlandia, who graduated in 1899 - then still called Finland - and the song of the Athenians exuded patriotism and lifted the moods of the Finns in difficult times. The first five symphonies and concert trips abroad had elevated him to international fame. In the first couple of 1920s, Sibelius successfully conducted many of his own concerts and continued to compose. In September 1922, the long-drafted Sixth Symphony began to progress and premiered in February 1923. It is obvious that the Andante festivo is based on Sibelius' earlier sketches. He had met Walter Parviainen in Helsinki near Christmas, and so quickly he would hardly have composed the song. There is nothing exceptional about it. Composers often have materials that they can use later, says Veijo Murtomäki, a Sibelius researcher and professor of music history at the Sibelius Academy. Researcher Markku Hartikainen believes that the roots of the work are in the Marjatta oratorio designed by Sibelius in 1905.
Let's return to Säynätsalo.
The party program is printed on "triple plywood". It is known first to visit the plywood factory and then to the main party at Seurai House. The program includes a trumpet playing, male quartet singing, a gala performance, the award ceremony, Professor Sibelius's "cantata composed for the feast," a prayer, a hymn, and the song Our Land. The independence of the Säynätsalo conservation community is also taken into account. In his keynote address, CEO Parviainen talks about striving forward and blessing the work, and distributes the medals of the Finnish Economic Association to the "85 loyal workers" of the factories. The oldest of them has been 48 and the youngest 10 years in the service of the shops. And then:
"When he started giving the medal, the amateur violin quartet --- Professor Jean Sibelius´ played a festive composition composed for the occasion," writes a publication about the celebration. Forced to rub eyes. The work of the famous composer will have its premiere, and at the same time medals will be awarded! The same is proved in his celebratory story by the Keskisuomalainen [Central Finn] on December 29, 1922: "During the distribution, the string quartet played a violin piece composed for the occasion by Jean Sibelius."
92 years later the reader is overwhelmed with astonishment and resentment. Where's the annealing, where's the standing applause? Was the ring overwhelmedby the hustle and bustle of medal distribution? Professor Veijo Murtomäki reassures. - In the 1920s, festive music was not as sacred as it is today. It was pretty pragmatic then. Such smiles that music must be listened to in silence only came in later times. Decorations were widely awarded when festive music was playing, and this is still the case, for example, in doctoral promotions. The feeling is relieved when more information can be found in the celebratory publication. The guests from Helsinki went on a return trip in the evening, but the carousel of the invited guests of the locals continued to live together until late at night. The song echoed to get. "The violin quartet played once and many times to rep. Prof. A beautiful composition by Jean Sibelius. " Parviainen had already given verbal thanks to the absent composer at the dinner at the elementary school, and an e-mail was sent to him after the evening: "When we hear your wonderful composition, our hearts are completely melted to you by our great Master." Gradually, Andante festivo took off. The 1929 song was heard performed by the double quartet at the wedding of Sibelius's niece Rita, and finally in 1938 the composer adapted it for the needs of the radio for string orchestra and cymbals. - It was a genius stamp, Veijo Murtomäki says. The orchestral arrangement was premiered across the oceans on radio waves live, as a greeting from Finland to the New York World's Fair on January 1, 1939. The work was played by the Radio Orchestra. Sibelius, then 73, had last served as conductor ten years earlier, but now he agreed to appear in front of the orchestra again. The Andante Festivo recording of the broadcast has remained the only sound documentary about Sibelius as the conductor of the orchestra. The orchestral arrangement also brought more publicity to the work. Today, the composition is one of Sibelius' most popular, Veijo Murtomäki lists. -? Most Finns have heard it at school. All string orchestras play it! Where is the reason for the song's popularity? It is modest in size, only about six minutes. -? It is a composition of simple nobility and rises proudly above everyday life. A devout song in major, where you can also see religious content, Murtomäki characterizes. Murtomäki sees the same sacred atmosphere in the Village Church, later composed by Sibelius for piano in 1923–24. The Andante festival has more ethos and celebration than most other Sibelius compositions. For the caller, it is pleasant, and not very difficult. The orchestral arrangement is the most played version of the work. Murtomäki hopes that it will be performed more as an original composition for the quartet.- But the orchestra plays more handsome, he admits. Erkki Fredrikson says that Andante festivo was a regular piece of music at the Jyväskylä Lyceum celebrations for decades. This was also the case at the Jyväskylä Normal School high school, which Murtomäki attended. Jean Sibelius was known to be very patriotic. He wanted to build a nation with his compositions, Veijo Murtomäki says. To his son-in-law, conductor Jussi Jalas from Jyväskylä, Sibelius said late that "he could have composed more patriotic music". According to Murtomäki, Andante festivo is a typical commissioned work of industrial and independent Finland. In his book Jean Sibelius and the Motherland, he presents the composer's 15 patriotic compositions, of which Andante festivo is one. Sibelius was considered the composer of white Finland, and his acquaintances included many rich industrial and commercial figures. What was Sibelius' relationship with the Finnish working population? Andante festivo plays for the first time at a factory party, rewarding the workforce. - That's an interesting question. Was Sibelius the composer of the whole nation? Hard to say. In any case, he was also respected by the Reds, Murtomäki says. Surprisingly, Sibelius's message can be found in the Säynätsalo mills' 25th anniversary report. At the school's dinners, Ilmari Hakala, an engineer and director of party expenses, read the e-mails and letters that arrived at the party. About 80 of them had been blessed, one of which was from Sibelius in Järvenpää: "Long live Finnish work and energy!" Erkki Fredrikson has a whimsical memory. According to Erk, Father Eero Fredrikson developed into a "moderate amateur cellist". During his school days, Eero played the Andante festival in the Lyseo Orchestra - notes were found on the home shelf - and in the Student Union Orchestra of the School of Economics in the 1930s. -? The cellist who called next to Eero had asked, where have you been able to memorize that? Eero replied that at home I've been playing a little bit. Fredrikson laughs. Andante festivo online played by the Radio Orchestra on January 1, 1939. Composition also on Youtube, several performers. Jyväskylä Sinfonia will perform the work in its concert on March 4. 2015. Sources, in addition to interviews: Report on the 25th anniversary of the Säynätsalo mills on December 28, 1922 (Gummerus 1923, Jyväskylä University Library). Veijo Murtomäki: Jean Sibelius and the Fatherland (January 2007). Website, Erik Tawastjerna: Jean Sibelius 5 (Ottawa 1988). Central Finland on December 29, 1922. The story was published in Keskisuomalainen on 6 December 2014.



Finlandia  [lyrics in English]

Like many others I enjoy listening to both shortwave and classical music. Sadly, since the world has gone digital - and many large state funded stations have gone off the air or reduced their output - western classical music programmes have almost disappeared.
Radio Romania International is - I think - the only station that regularly broadcasts a concert on their Romanian service - very early on Sunday mornings. In many ways - of course - it makes no sense to send complex and nuanced sound on shortwave because of all that nature and man can throw at it en route to the receiver. Signal is sometimes barely discernible above noise.
But that's the point isn't it? Like so much in life - the obstacles that make something difficult or unpredictable become part of the reason for doing it.
Luckily classical music doesn't have to be reproduced in HiFi to be enjoyed - if that was the case, wax cylinders and shellac discs would have failed to catch on. They didn't fail because when we hear a tune whistled by someone across the street - we imagine the full orchestra.
Human beings are analogue creatures - and amplitude modulation is our natural environment. Classical music on shortwave feels to me the most natural thing in the world. But there is hardly any of it left to tune in to.
So I decided to make a western classical music programme and find some transmitter time to broadcast it. Many thanks to the folks at Channel 292 in Europe, and WRMI in the USA for making it possible.The show is called Encore for obvious reasons - and Radio Tumbril because it is a
domain I had doing nothing. Please use the comments page and email link for reception reports andsuggestions - it will help me discover what works and what doesn't and so improve the show.
Best wishes to all,
Encore on Radio Tumbril
Brice Avery - Scotland UK. March 2019 (Updated March 2020)


I am sure you´re not believing that Encore has played also Benny Abba Andersson´s beautiful music like this:
and hopefully some sunny day also these...:


17.9.21 Thanks Kari - there will be some ABBA as you've probably never heard it before in Saturday's Encore...  Brice
Regular Broadcast times of Encore are:
10:00 - 11:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe - Simulcast on 9670 kHz
This week's Programme - First broadcast this coming Saturday by Channel 292 - begins with some of the suite for the ballet Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, part of one of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, and then two interpretations of other people's work by contemporary US composer Caroline Shaw. After that we'll listen to a cello sonata from Claude Debussy and the Octet in E Flat Major by Beethoven.
27.9.21 WOR: 5850 USA Radio Tumbril (via WRMI Okeechobee, FL) at 0100 // 7780 (Very Good via WRMI Okeechobee, FL) with ID of "Welcome to Encore, an hour of classical music,on Radio Tumbril with me, Brice Avery" and into a piano sonata – Very Good Sept 26 Coady-ON – Outside of the fine classical music programs on Canada's CBC Radio Two there is no finer classical music program anywhere on radio these days than this offering which is a labour of love on the part of Brice Avery. Brice's website,, shows his broadcast schedule for WRMI as well as Channel 292 in Germany, lists the selections he is playing each week, and allows for comments on this fine program.