Beethoven 2020 journey – chapter 7

Immortal Beloved

17 – 19 September 2020, Alexandra Palace Theatre

Whilst Beethoven’s mastery of music continued to evolve and astound as he reached middle age, his search for love became increasingly difficult.

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The mysterious woman

Known for his plain looks, uncompromising temper and constant ill health, it appears no amount of musical genius could secure for Beethoven the love of the women he pursued. However, there appears to have been a single occasion during his life in which he genuinely believed he had found it – the evidence being a passionate letter to a mysterious recipient known only as his ‘immortal beloved’. No reply exists, and history tells us nothing came of this secretive affair, but the identity of the woman has evaded historians for two centuries.

At the stunningly restored Alexandra Palace theatre we’ll be searching for answers! As we examine the possible contenders for Beethoven’s beloved, we bring you his 8th Symphony – written just before the letter and full of the optimism that potential love can bring – as well as some beautiful moments from his only opera, Fidelio, in which the power of romantic love triumphs against all odds.

relaxed & informal

6.30pm: To begin…

As you enter the theatre at Alexandra Palace, our design for the evening will be revealed! We believe the best way to relax into this magical world is over delicious food and drink* accompanied by atmospheric music (performers to be revealed soon).

Beethoven’s Fidelio is set in the dungeon of a state prison near the Spanish town of Seville. In the opera, the political prisoner Florestan is languishing with limited food, but thankfully this won’t be the case at Alexandra Palace! Whilst they may not have seen too much of it in the opera, the cuisine in Seville and the surrounding area acts as the starting point for 3 Gents Event Catering**.

Mix & Match will also be picking out the best of the best when it comes to Spanish flavours, with cocktails soaking up all the regional traditions and more.

*Please note the doors to the venue close at 7.45pm and will reopen once the main concert has finished. If you are planning to eat and drink prior to the concert we recommend arriving by 7pm. The bar and food station will stop serving at 7.45pm.

**Veggie, vegan and gluten-free options available

take your seats

8pm: Concert

After you’ve had a chance to relax into the evening over a bite to eat and a drink, it’s time for the main concert, with comfy sofas, chairs or cushions to choose from and drink in hand.

Beethoven’s 8th Symphony is an unusual entry to his collection. Whereas his previous five had each built upon the last and challenged the status quo, this piece is very much inspired by the music of his predecessors, in particular Mozart and Haydn. His opera, Fidelio, was eventually a great success, but at this event we will explore the long – and often painful – route Beethoven took to bring the project to fruition.

New to classical music? Don’t worry! Our conductor Nicholas will guide you through the stories surrounding the music as well as give you a few things to listen out for…

mix & mingle

10pm: Soirée

The live music continues until close to midnight in a more relaxed fashion as part of our soirée – a time for mingling with musicians, drinking cocktails and experiencing pieces in the relaxed atmosphere they were often performed in during Beethoven’s lifetime.

Performers to be revealed soon!

Absolutely wonderful! Thank you for a spectacular performance.

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.

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.


Dress rehearsal tickets

Want to keep the focus purely on the concert? 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 performance for a reduced price. This performance features the same concert programme as our full events – including the stories surrounding the music – and offers the same level of intimacy, but without the pre and post-show experience featuring pop up food, a themed cocktail bar and live music.

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!

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