Korsholm Music Festival in the Vaasa region of Finland takes its audience on a real journey on the theme ‘Walk of Life’. “The thought behind the 2016 theme is twofold, referring not only to the journey the showcased composers have been on, but also the journey through the life of mankind,” says Monica Johnson, managing director of the festival. The geographical focal point will be Vienna, where the human soul has always been significant within both science and art. Mozart, who spent most of his childhood on the road, will have a big presence in the chamber music festival programme, as will later composers Schubert and Mahler, who wrote some of the most famous song cycles on the theme ‘walking through life’.