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Beethoven 250

The composer who penned the four most recognisable notes in the history of music. A true artist: dishevelled, volatile and unlucky in love – but a great believer in humanity. A genius who wrote some of his greatest works after he lost his hearing.

You know the Beethoven myth, now discover more about the man and the music as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Part of our year-long series Beethoven 250, our performances of Beyond Beethoven 9 on Thursday 16 and Saturday 18 April 2020 could not take place as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus.

With Southbank Centre Associate Artist Marin Alsop conducting and performers including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Beyond Beethoven 9 reimagined the masterwork as part of the global project All Together: A Global Ode to Joy.

In the spirit of this project, delve deeper into Beethoven’s final Symphony, the triumphant Ninth, and beyond with our series of blogs, playlists and videos.

Beethoven 250 continues into 2021 with artists including Daniele Rustioni, Zubin Mehta, Bryn Terfel, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Daniel Barenboim, Anoushka Shankar and Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

The season also encompasses the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s new series 2020 Vision, casting fresh light on the composer’s music and on those who came exactly 100 and 200 years after him.

Events include Beethoven rarities alongside famous symphonic works, outstanding chamber concerts and contemporary reflections and reinterpretations of Beethoven’s music.

Beyond Beethoven 9 is generously supported by the David and Jennifer Sieff Charitable Trust in memory of David Sieff. With additional generous support from Alexander Graham and Luke Mayhew.

Beethoven was all about love and joy and celebrating the essence of what it is to be human, and what it is to be connected. That’s what we’re trying to do in this project – throw the doors wide open and say ‘Come on, everybody owns this piece. Everybody owns this idea. And together we’re much stronger’.
Marin Alsop on Beyond Beethoven 9

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Karina Canellakis, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sat 03 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 03 Oct 2020
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Follow the London Philharmonic Orchestra between 1812, 1912 and 2012
Follow the London Philharmonic Orchestra between 1812, 1912 and 2012
Matthew Barley, cellist

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6:00 pm
Sat 10 Oct 2020
6:00 pm | Sat 10 Oct 2020
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Matthew Barley reimagines Beethoven’s works of solace in a spirit of improvisation and discussion
Matthew Barley reimagines Beethoven’s works of solace in a spirit of improvisation and discussion
A member of Chineke! playing the French horn
7:30 pm
Mon 19 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 19 Oct 2020
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The orchestra and soloist perform one of the best known piano concertos in classical music
The orchestra and soloist perform one of the best known piano concertos in classical music
Bryn Terfel, bass singer

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7:30 pm
Sat 24 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 24 Oct 2020
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The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents the climax of its Beethoven anniversary celebration
The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents the climax of its Beethoven anniversary celebration
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 29 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 29 Oct 2020
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Music challenges tyranny in the Philharmonia Orchestra's tribute to the two composers
Music challenges tyranny in the Philharmonia Orchestra's tribute to the two composers
Anoushka Shankar, sitaarist

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7:30 pm
Wed 18 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 18 Nov 2020
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Rediscover a 20th-century musical masterpiece with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Rediscover a 20th-century musical masterpiece with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Marie Hecker

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7:30 pm
Thu 19 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 19 Nov 2020
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Relish an essential masterpiece with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Relish an essential masterpiece with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Pierre-Laurent Aimard.Photo: Marco Borggreve

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7:30 pm
Tue 01 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 01 Dec 2020
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Aimard, Queyras and Simpson open up Helmut Lachenmann’s jewel box of resonance, detail and gentility
Aimard, Queyras and Simpson open up Helmut Lachenmann’s jewel box of resonance, detail and...
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 02 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 02 Dec 2020
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Witness a bold and personal take on the Beethoven anniversary from a master craftsman of the piano
Witness a bold and personal take on the Beethoven anniversary from a master craftsman of the piano

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7:30 pm
Sat 16 Jan 2021
7:30 pm | Sat 16 Jan 2021
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Daniel Barenboim and his son Michael Barenboim join Kian Soltani for Beethoven’s joyous piano trios
Daniel Barenboim and his son Michael Barenboim join Kian Soltani for Beethoven’s joyous piano...

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Feel the joy with a playlist featuring some of the composer’s most brilliant works, including the well-known choral movement of his Ninth Symphony. 
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Conductor Marin Alsop shares six reasons why the composer is more relevant today than ever

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