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Beethoven 2020 Journey

Explore Beethoven like never before


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Beethoven 2020 journey – Prologue

Childhood

31 January & 1 February 2020, Battersea Arts Centre


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Beethoven 2020 journey – chapter 1

Early Years in Vienna

20 – 22 February 2020, Porchester Hall


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Next year we launch our Beethoven 2020 Journey, as we explore in unprecedented detail the life of Beethoven – featuring all nine symphonies and more – across eleven events in numerous venues around London. From his early life in the peaceful but forward-thinking town of Bonn to his traumatic later years in Vienna, we will be leaving no stone unturned in our search for who Beethoven really was, and why his music continues to inspire us 250 years after he was born.

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Childhood

24 & 25 January 2020, Battersea Arts Centre

We will be setting the scene for our year-long Beethoven 2020 Journey by exploring the childhood of the man that would become Beethoven…

Early Years in Vienna

20 - 22 February 2020, Porchester Hall

By the time a 22 year old Beethoven arrives in Vienna, he is one of the finest pianists alive, ready to begin his conquest of the musical capital of Europe…

Crisis of Despair

19 - 21 March 2020, Battersea Arts Centre

During his mid-twenties everything is going pretty well for Beethoven in Vienna until a cataclysmic event threatens to rob him of the very thing that defines him as an artist…

A New Inspiration

23 - 25 April 2020, York Hall

Beethoven’s views on the world were very much shaped during his formative years in the progressive town of Bonn. These ideas are brought to bear on his heroic and game-changing 3rd symphony.

Patronage

14 - 16 May 2020, Porchester Hall

Thriving as a freelance composer in Beethoven’s day was no easy thing. Here we explore how Beethoven made his way through the world in pursuit of his art.

"Thus Fate Knocks at the Door..."

11 - 13 June 2020, York Hall

Beethoven’s 5th Symphony features one of the most famous introductions to any piece of classical music ever. Here we explore the significance of those opening notes and what they meant to Beethoven 10 years on from the onset of his deafness.

Painting with Music

16 - 18 July 2020, Battersea Arts Centre

Throughout a life filled with emotional despair and physical afflictions, Beethoven was never happier than when he was away from the city and strolling through the countryside.

Immortal Beloved

17 - 19 September 2020, Alexandra Palace

As Beethoven’s mastery of music goes from strength to strength, his search for love becomes increasingly futile.

The Dance of Decadence Ball

23 & 24 October 2020, Royal Horticultural Halls

With the defeat of Napoleon, Beethoven’s Vienna is transformed into a whirlwind of balls, banquets and entertainment as the powers of Europe negotiate the future of Europe. During this historical moment Beethoven’s fame and success reach their zenith.

Down but not Out

13 & 14 November 2020, Battersea Arts Centre

After 8 years of white hot creativity, Beethoven’s creative output slows considerably as his struggles with love, money and his health take their toll.

Ode to Joy

11 & 12 December 2020, Royal Horticultural Halls

Beethoven’s final symphony is one of the crowning achievements of his remarkable life and the full expression of the spiritual values he grew up with and carried with him throughout his life.

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Absolutely wonderful! Thank you for a spectacular performance.

Emily
Thank you for bringing the stories to life this evening. It was lovely!

Maddie + Seb
An absolutely gorgeous evening! Fun, informative + glorious music...and flapjack ;)

Hannah & Richard
Thank you for a wonderful evening of music, an amazing ambience!

Lauren & Carl
This is clever, absorbing, fun and relaxing. All good. Well done. We will be back.

Anon
Great to see the musicians up close and hear the explanations from the conductor!

Mike and Roxy
Yet again you guys nailed it. You demystify classical music for the common man. That is an art in itself.

Steven