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.

relaxed & informal

6.30pm: To begin…

As you enter Battersea Arts Centre, 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).

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, 3 Gents Event Catering** took inspiration from the foods we to turn to after a hard day. They 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.

*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 “late period” produced some of his most progressive and revolutionary work, despite the personal anguish he was experiencing. Although it was no easy task to pick just a couple of pieces here, we think his Piano Sonata no 31 and String Quartet no 12 are some of the most Beautiful he ever wrote. Alongside these, we will also be performing a song cycle aptly named “To the distant beloved” which was likely in part inspired by his failures in love…

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.