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Beethoven 250 Online

Five online concerts celebrating the anniversary of the composer’s birth (01904) 322439

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Beethoven 250 Online

Join us as we celebrate the 250 th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with four

contrasting and exhilirating online concerts by David Owen Norris, Peter

Sheppard Skærved, Joshua Ellicott and Revolutionary Drawing Room.

The times given below are for our YouTube Premieres, but all concerts will be

available to view at any time after that.

Tues 3 November, 6.00pm

Beethoven: Trauma and Recovery

Open Lecutre: Dr Nicky Losseff

Three major crises in Beethoven’s life — the acknowledgment

of untreatable deafness, the loss of his ‘immortal beloved’, and

the disastrous conclusion to the guardianship of his nephew

Carl — gave rise to periods of intense creativity. In thinking

about three works from these periods — the ‘Eroica’ Symphony,

the song cycle An die ferne Geliebte and the late Piano Sonata

Op. 110 — Nicky Losseff discusses, with examples, ways in which

musical elements can be associated with psychological states

through stylistic references and external ideas.


Free; please consider making a donation

Wed 4 November, 7.45pm

David Owen Norris piano

David Owen Norris, at a Broadwood piano similar to

Beethoven’s own, explores the unique features of that lonely

path and the constant importance of improvisation in

Beethoven’s playing. He then performs two of Beethoven’s

most famous sonatas – the Pathétique and the Moonlight –

with the musical freedom the compose

Renowned as a broadcaster and pianist, David Owen Norris

has a particular interest in the performance of music on

keyboards of the period.


Free; please consider making a donation

Wed 18 November, 7.45pm

Peter Sheppard Skærved violin

Roderick Chadwick piano

Beethoven Sonata in A, op. 30, no. 1

Thomas Simaku ENgREnage (world premiere)

Beethoven Sonata in C minor, op. 30, no. 2

Nicola LeFanu Prelude after Grinling Gibbons

Beethoven Sonata in G, op. 30, no. 3

Peter Sheppard Skærved has undertaken pioneering research into

17th-century music for solo violin. His regular duo partner Roderick

Chadwick is a writer and lecturer as well as an acclaimed pianist.


Free; please consider making a donation

Wed 25 November, 7.45pm

Joshua Ellicott tenor

Nicky Losseff fortepiano

'Take these songs that I sang for you'

Folksongs and lieder by Beethoven. Including:

An die Ferne Geliebte

Drei Gesänge von Goethe, op. 83

Selections from Scottish folksongs, op. 108

Joshua Ellicott brings an outstanding ability to communicate

texts which with his lyric tenor voice makes him an ideal

interpreter of this most personal music, here complemented by

the expressive sound of the fortepiano

Wed 2 December, 7.45pm

Revolutionary Drawing Room

Beethoven String quartet in B flat, op. 130

with Grosse Fuge

String quartet in F, op. 135


Free; please consider making a donation

The Revolutionary Drawing Room performs repertoire of the late

18 th and early 19 th centuries, using instruments of a period when

political upheavals were matched by changes in styles and tastes

both in music and the instruments used.


Free; please consider making a donation


We would be very grateful

if you would consider making a donation

which will support our commitment to

paying artists’ fees. (01904) 322439

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