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Beethoven 2020 journey – chapter 9

Ode to Joy

11 & 12 December 2020, Royal Horticultural Halls


Beethoven’s final symphony is the climactic and visionary conclusion to a plan he had actually envisaged many decades earlier.

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The journey of a lifetime


From his earliest days in the forward-thinking town of Bonn, Beethoven had been entranced by the Enlightenment ideal of brotherhood, and although this feeling had found its way into much of his work, he kept coming back to a specific idea – setting the words to German poet Friedrich Schiller’s famous poem Ode to Joy. In the last years of his life, this ambition was finally realised in the most novel way: by writing a symphony that featured a choir.

As our own Beethoven journey comes to an end, we invite you to the Royal Horticultural Halls to witness his final symphony – a work whose themes of unity and togetherness are as relevant today as they were when it was written – and revel in the image of a man who, against all odds, left a musical legacy that may never be equalled.

Discover our Beethoven Journey

relaxed & informal

Food & Drink


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

Schiller’s Ode to Joy poem, which Beethoven features in the rousing climax of his final symphony, expresses the themes of brotherhood and unity. During Beethoven’s lifetime the poem was often turned into a drinking song and this character finds its way into a part of the finale. Our very own TLO tavern will feature some wonderfully warming winter food, with Mix & Match bringing a fully stocked bar and, by way of their incredible cocktails, a fully relaxed vibe to the occasion.

*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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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!

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

Battersea Arts Centre

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.