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Beethoven 2020 journey – chapter 2

Crisis of Despair

19 – 21 March 2020, Battersea Arts Centre


All seemed to be going pretty well for Beethoven in Vienna, until a cataclysmic event threatened to steal the very thing that defined him as a man and artist.

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Disaster strikes


After nearly a decade in the city, Beethoven was nearing a crucial moment that would have repercussions for the rest of his life. Struck with the sudden onset of hearing loss a few years earlier, he travelled to the sleepy spa town of Heiligenstadt on the advice of his doctor. Here, it became clear to Beethoven that fate had dealt him a blow from which he was unlikely to recover, and in a letter written to his two brothers we see a man torn between succumbing to his misfortune or rallying against it for the sake of his art.

This chapter explores Beethoven at one of his lowest ebbs, and how his resolve contributed to a period of intense creativity that few would ever match. Battersea Arts Centre provides a beautiful backdrop to this incredible tale of resilience, featuring Beethoven’s first completed work of this period – his 2nd Symphony.

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relaxed & informal

Food & Drink


A signature part of the evening is our bespoke food offering* and themed cocktail bar.

Travelling to rural spa towns like Heiligenstadt might not have been quite like going to a spa today, but the goal was the same: rejuvenation. For chapter 2 we’ve prepared a menu with wellbeing at its heart – packed with superfoods and natural ingredients that will leave you feeling refreshingly satisfied.

You may wonder how alcohol could fit into this scenario? With no challenge too great, cocktail supremos Mix & Match will be blending your favourite tipple with a host of greens and goodness that are sure to balance each other out… right?!

*Veggie, Vegan and gluten-free options available

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
Events

Dress rehearsal tickets


Want to keep the focus purely on the music and stories? Not a problem! For this event, we are offering you the chance to come along a day early and sit in on our dress rehearsal for a reduced price. These performances feature all the same musical content as our full events – including the stories surrounding the pieces being played – and offer the same level of intimacy, but without the addition of set design, food and drink.

If you’re yet to try out a TLO event and are happy to join us on a school night, this is a great way to explore some incredible music. What’s more, priced at just £5 it is probably the best value orchestral concert in town!

Tickets are now on sale via our box office:

Main event Dress rehearsal

Events

Upcoming events

Royal Horticultural Halls

Beethoven’s Ninth


6th to 7th December 2019

As our epic Beethoven 2020 Journey approaches, come and experience one of his greatest works. A perfect introduction!

Battersea Arts Centre

Prologue


24th to 25th January 2020

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

Porchester Hall

Chapter 1 – Early Years In Vienna


20th to 22nd February 2020

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…

Battersea Arts Centre

Chapter 2 – Crisis Of Despair


19th to 21st March 2020

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…

York Hall

Chapter 3 – A New Inspiration


23rd to 25th April 2020

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.

Porchester Hall

Chapter 4 – Patronage


14th to 16th May 2020

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.

York Hall

Chapter 5 – “Thus Fate Knocks at the Door”


11th to 13th June 2020

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.

York Hall

Chapter 6 – Painting with Music


16th to 18th July 2020

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.

Alexandra Palace Theatre

Chapter 7 – Immortal Beloved


17th to 19th September 2020

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

Royal Horticultural Halls

Chapter 8 – The Dance of Decadence Ball


23rd to 24th October 2020

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.

Battersea Arts Centre

Interlude – Down but not Out


13th to 14th November 2020

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.

Royal Horticultural Halls

Chapter 9 – Ode to Joy


11th to 12th December 2020

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