Saved events

Beethoven Symphony Cycle

Britten Sinfonia/Adès

Thomas Ades conducting on stage 2017

A thrilling Viola Concerto featuring one of today’s foremost violists, Lawrence Power, plus a short but inventive symphony all brought together with a jubilant and joyous close.

Thomas Adès and Britten Sinfonia continue their journey through Beethoven’s symphonies with the brief and brilliantly inventive Symphony No 7 and the jubilant Eighth. Irish composer (and Beethoven devotee) Gerald Barry draws on melodies that he loves in Dead March, then allows them to behave as if ‘everything is possible’. The work provides a breathless centrepiece to the concert.

The performance is expected to finish around 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.


thomas ades in a blue sweater

Watch: conductor Thomas Adès on Beethoven

Thomas Adès discusses how he's approaching Beethoven's symphonies and why he's paired them with the music of Irish composer and Beethoven devotee, Gerald Barry.

a photo of a hummingbird with a guitar

Watch: Britten Sinfonia Season Trailer 2018-19

Watch Britten Sinfonia's 2018-19 season, which offers a world-class line-up of musicians, conductors and composers, with programmes drawing intriguing connections across a wide array of music.

Photo of man playing drum

Listen: Contemporary Classical on Spotify

Discover music from across the Contemporary Classical spectrum – from Judith Weir and George Benjamin to Nils Frahm and Max Richter.

Barbican Hall