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Beethoven 2020 journey – interlude

Down but not Out

13 & 14 November 2020, Battersea Arts Centre


After a decade of immense creativity, Beethoven’s struggles with romance, money, and his health threatened his career like never before.

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The greatest struggle


Finally accepting that he was unlikely to find true love, Beethoven became absorbed in issues that often took him away from his music. A bitter custody battle with his newly widowed sister-in-law over his nephew became a dangerous obsession for him, financial troubles reached their peak, and his health continued its steady decline. However, in his final years, Beethoven also produced some of his most philosophical, joyous and progressive work.

We return to Battersea Arts Centre in November for our second chamber event to hear one of the most beautiful piano sonatas Beethoven ever wrote, alongside an incredible string quartet, one of the last great works he wrote. Join us as we explore the final years of Beethoven, and how even as he faced his own mortality he continued to change the way we hear music today.

Discover our Beethoven Journey

relaxed & informal

Food & Drink


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

When life gets tough, even the toughest of us seek comfort in great food and drink, and that is precisely what Beethoven did in the latter years of his life. With this in mind, our menu for this event is inspired by the foods we to turn to after a hard day. We may even include one of Beethoven’s own favourites…

This idea is continued in our drinks menu, with Mix & Match crafting a series of delights to ease us into the weekend and help us put all our weekly stresses to bed.

*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
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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.

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