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Beethoven Weekender

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Join us on the Saturday or Sunday of our ultimate Beethoven celebration as we explore the man, the music, and his place in our time in a jam-packed festival weekend.

Beethoven is one of music’s most mythologised geniuses. In his own lifetime, he was a radical champion of individual expression in an age of violent social change. Today, ringtones bleep Für Elise and protesters in Parliament Square sing the ‘Ode to Joy’. We can attack him, revere him or just enjoy him. We can – and must – interrogate and challenge him. But we can’t ignore him.

So we’re filling a weekend with talks, installations, exhibitions and his music. From a full symphony cycle by five of the UK's top orchestras – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Kirill Karabits, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Royal Northern Sinfonia & Lars Vogt, and Hallé & Sir Mark Elder – to the most delicate piano miniatures, join us as we search for the man behind the myth.

Exchange your ticket for a wristband at the Box Office from one hour before the first performance. Wristband will guarantee entry to all the symphony sessions on that day. Entry to other sessions will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Beethoven Weekender sponsored by DHL

Beethoven's Bagatelles supported by Classical Futures Europe and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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Accordionist Bartosz Glowacki performs the animated third movement ‘Thieves’ from Five views on the Archipelago Gulag by Ukrainian composer Victor Vlasov in the entrance to the Exhibition Halls.

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Milton Court

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Silk Street Music Hall