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London Symphony Orchestra/François-Xavier Roth

Half Six Fix: Beethoven Symphony No 5

François-Xavier Roth conducting

Half Six Fix is a 60-minute burst of music to kick-start your evening. Grab a drink and take your seat, as François-Xavier Roth introduces and conducts the most revolutionary symphony ever written.

For Ludwig van Beethoven, four notes were enough to start a revolution. ‘This is how Fate knocks at the door!’ he said, and the electrifying opening of his Fifth Symphony is one of the most iconic sounds in orchestral music. Those notes are the start of a musical adventure of a lifetime – an all-consuming drama filled with tragedy, tranquillity and blazing triumph.

There’s no one better to introduce this revolutionary music than Roth. ‘Even if you’re conducting music by a composer who’s been dead for 300 years, you can still get into a certain mindset where it’s as if he’s right there with you’ he says, and Beethoven is one composer who simply refuses to lie down and be quiet.

‘The London Symphony Orchestra’s regular Half Six Fix is a quick shot rather than the full classical cocktail: one hour; one symphony; no messing around.’ – inews

The end time for this concert will be added here closer to the performance date

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