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‘Beethoven’s instrumental music opens up to us the kingdom of the gigantic and the immeasurable.’ ETA Hoffmann

In the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven’s birth, we have invited some of our favourite musicians to join us for a year-long series, focusing on those works for which Hall One is the ideal venue. They include period instrument specialists such as Rachel Podger, Pieter Wispelwey, and the Chiaroscuoro Quartet with Krisztian Bezuidenhout, alongside our residents Aurora Orchestra and the Brodsky Quartet, who will perform the electrifying late quartets one at a time in rush-hour concerts.

We are also delighted to host international guest artists Francois-Frederic Guy with the Hammerklavier Sonata, Trio Wanderer with a clutch of piano trios, while the Jacques Thibaud Trio perform the string trios. Last, but not least, we welcome back Thomas Gould as soloist in the violin concerto and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble performing the spell-binding Septet.

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Rush-Hour Lates with Brodsky Quartet: Beethoven Op. 127

Classical / Beethoven 250

In this special anniversary series, the acclaimed Brodsky Quartet perform Beethoven’s late string quartets. They begin with Op. 127 which shares its key and declamatory power with the Eroica.

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Rush-Hour Lates with Brodsky Quartet: Beethoven Op. 131

Classical / Beethoven 250

In this special anniversary series, the acclaimed Brodsky Quartet perform Beethoven’s late string quartets. Fugue is central in the Quartet Op. 131, and is prefaced here with one of Bach’s own fugues.

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Aurora Orchestra with Nicholas Angelich

Classical / Aurora Orchestra

Aurora enters the fifth and final year of its Mozart’s Piano series with the American pianist Nicholas Angelich making his Kings Place debut.

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Rachel Podger & Christopher Glynn – Beethoven Violin Sonatas

Classical / Beethoven 250

Using 19th century instruments that reflect Beethoven’s ideal, Rachel Podger and Christopher Glynn join forces to explore a sonata cycle that, more than any other, opens up new worlds of expression for violin and piano.

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Rush-Hour Lates with Brodsky Quartet: Beethoven Op. 132

Classical / Beethoven 250

In this special anniversary series, the acclaimed Brodsky Quartet perform Beethoven’s late string quartets. This recital includes Kraggerud’s Preghiera, a pre-echo of the famous prayer at the heart of Beethoven’s Op. 131.

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Rush-Hour Lates with Brodsky Quartet: Beethoven Opp. 135 & 133

Classical / Beethoven 250

In this special anniversary series, the acclaimed Brodsky Quartet perform Beethoven’s late string quartets. Op. 135 is the surprise finale of the late quartets, a work which radiates good humour and acceptance.

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François-Frédéric Guy – Hammerklavier

Classical / Beethoven 250

François-Frédéric Guy, one of France’s greatest Beethovenians, has chosen in this programme works from three different periods of the composer’s creative life.

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Aurora Orchestra with Ingrid Fliter

Classical / Aurora Orchestra

This scintillating programme includes a symphony performed entirely from memory; a work of orchestral theatre from Harrison Birtwistle; and a first collaboration with Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter.

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The Lock-In: Immersed – Beethoven 6

Classical / Nature Unwrapped

This special late-night event offers you the rare opportunity to experience Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony from inside the very heart of the orchestra.

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Rush-Hour Lates with Brodsky Quartet: Beethoven Op. 130

Classical / Beethoven 250

In this special anniversary series, the acclaimed Brodsky Quartet perform Beethoven’s late string quartets. The cycle closes with his Op. 130, the penultimate and most radical of the last quartets.

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Orchestra of the Swan with Thomas Gould – Umpteenth Violin Concerto

Classical / Beethoven 250

In this night of two concertos from the Orchestra of the Swan, Thomas Gould is soloist in Beethoven’s Apollonian essay, and in a concerto by jazz composer Django Bates.

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Trio Wanderer – Beethoven Piano Trios

Classical / Beethoven 250

In this programme, the peerless Trio Wanderer take us from Beethoven’s opening salvo, the darkly turbulent Op. 1 No. 3 to the spacious vistas of his Archduke Trio, one of the greatest works in the canon. 

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Chiaroscuro Quartet with Kristian Bezuidenhout – Beethoven Early Quartets

Classical / Beethoven 250

Celebrated Chiaroscuro Quartet are joined by leading fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout to explore the influence of Mozart on Beethoven’s early work.

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Chiaroscuro Quartet – Beethoven Early Quartets

Classical / Beethoven 250

In this concert, Chiaroscuro Quartet link Mendelssohn, Purcell, Schubert and Beethoven together for a performance of extraordinary energy.

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Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble – The Septet

Classical / Beethoven 250

The eminent principals of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble perform Beethoven’s Septet, a work which possesses an easy-going charm and uncontainable exuberance.

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Jacques Thibaud Trio – Beethoven String Trios

Classical / Beethoven 250

The Berlin-based Jacques Thibaud Trio mixes Beethoven’s radical Op. 9 with Schubert’s heavenly trio in B flat, and Jean Françaix’s witty String Trio. 

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Rachel Podger & Christopher Glynn – Beethoven Violin Sonatas

Classical / Beethoven 250

Using 19th century instruments that reflect Beethoven’s ideal, Rachel Podger and Christopher Glynn join forces to explore a sonata cycle that, more than any other, opens up new worlds of expression for violin and piano.

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Pieter Wispelwey & Alasdair Beatson – Beethoven Complete Cello Sonatas

Classical / Beethoven 250

Dutch maestro Pieter Wispelwey and the questing young pianist Alasdair Beatson take us on an epic journey through Beethoven's cello sonatas.

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