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March 2020

Exhibition of first and early editions of Beethoven’s music

March 16 @ 2:00 pm - April 17 @ 5:00 pm

Many apologies, but the Library is not admitting visitors while the Corona virus pandemic is in full flood, but this exhibition will soon be online HERE.

First and early editions of Beethoven’s instrumental and chamber music from the Rowe Music Library collection will be on display in King’s College Library.

King’s College Library, CB2 1ST.

 

April 2020

String quartets: F, opus 18 no 1; C opus 59 no 3 (“Razumovsky”); C sharp minor, opus 31

April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Endellion String Quartet, Quartet in Residence at the University of Cambridge

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Tickets: £6 – £28 from Cambridge Live Tickets, Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB

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May 2020

Violin concerto in D, opus 61; Symphony number 7 in A, opus 92

May 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Beethoven concert featuring  a new work by CUMS Composer in Residence 2018-2019 Michael Boyle

Cambridge University Orchestra. Director and soloist: Thomas Gould. Conductor: Joel Sandelson

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, CB3 9DP

Tickets £5 – £20 available from ADC Ticketing

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Piano sonata in C opus 111 in “Endgame: The Final Sonatas”

May 5 @ 8:00 pm - 9:50 pm

James Lisney plays the final sonatas of Beethoven (opus 111), Haydn (E flat Hob XVI/52) and Schubert (B flat D 960) and Chopin Mazurkas, opus 63 in a concert in aid of the Amber Trust

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Tickets: £20, £10 and £5 (students) from ADC Ticketing

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Beethoven Plus part three. Violin sonatas no 6 in A opus 30/1; no 8 in G opus 30/3; no 7 in C minor opus 30/2

May 13 @ 8:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Performance of all Beethoven’s violin sonatas by Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Daniel Tong (piano) alongside companion pieces composed in 2015

Four recitals in March (8th and 9th) and May (13th and 14th), featuring all ten violin sonatas alongside ten miniature companion pieces composed in 2015 by Jonathan Dove, Peter Ash, Elspeth Brooke, Judith Bingham, Huw Watkins, Kurt Schwertsik, Philip Ashworth, Jeremy Thurlow, Matthew Taylor and David Matthews.

THE HEILIGENSTADT YEARS: Kurt Schwertsik – On the way to Heiligenstadt. Beethoven – Sonata no 6 in A, op 30/1. Jeremy Thurlow – Mehlschoberl. Beethoven – Sonata no 8 in G, op 30/3. Philip Ashworth – Air. Beethoven – Sonata no 7 in C minor, op 30/2.

King’s College Dining Hall, CB2 1ST. Tickets: £20, £15 and £5 (students) available now from ADC Ticketing. Concerts can be booked separately but there will be discounts if both are booked together.

Part of the Beethoven Plus project

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Photo courtesy Sara Lipowitz

Beethoven Plus, part four. Violin sonatas no 3 in E flat opus 12/3; no 10 in G opus 96

May 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Performance of all Beethoven’s violin sonatas by Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Daniel Tong (piano) alongside companion pieces composed in 2015

Four recitals in March (8th and 9th) and May (13th and 14th), featuring all ten violin sonatas alongside ten miniature companion pieces composed in 2015 by Jonathan Dove, Peter Ash, Elspeth Brooke, Judith Bingham, Huw Watkins, Kurt Schwertsik, Philip Ashworth, Jeremy Thurlow, Matthew Taylor and David Matthews.

EARLY AND LATE: Elspeth Brooke –  Swoop. Beethoven – Sonata no 3 in E Flat, op 12/3. David Matthews – Sonatina. Beethoven – Sonata no 10 in G, op 96.

Keynes Hall, King’s College, CB2 1ST. Tickets: £15, £10 and £5 (students) available now from ADC Ticketing. Concerts can be booked separately but there will be discounts if both are booked together.

Part of the Beethoven Plus project

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Exhibition: Beethoven manuscripts, letters and ephemera

May 18 @ 8:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm

Beethoven holdings at the Fitzwilliam Museum include sketch leaves for the ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonatas, original letters, and items such as a copy of the composer’s death mask and his pocket watch. This display will include the ‘Hammerklavier’ sketch together with part of a list of corrections to the sonata in Beethoven’s hand, as well as the watch and death mask.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Gallery 3. Free entry. Exhibition runs from 19th May to 16th August. Tuesday to Saturday: 1000 to 1700. Sunday: 1200 to 1700. Monday: closed.

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Beethoven's watch, George Prior, circa 1800 Photo © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

String quartets: D, opus 18 no 3; F major, opus 14 no 1; B flat, opus 130 (alternative finale); E flat, opus 127

May 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Endellion String Quartet, Quartet in Residence at the University of Cambridge

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Tickets: £6 – £28 from Cambridge Live Tickets, Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB

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July 2020

Comic opera for children

July 1 @ 8:00 am - July 31 @ 5:00 pm

This concert is being planned (and written!), details to be announced

A comic opera for children by Simon Brown

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

 

Concert: student compositions inspired by the music of Beethoven

July 15 - July 22

This concert will be at some point during May, date to be announced

A concert of newly composed pieces inspired by the music of Beethoven. Students studying composition have entered a competition to write music inspired by Beethoven and the winning pieces will be played at this concert by the up-coming Trio in residence at the Faculty of Music

Programme, timing and ticketing information to be announced

October 2020

Cello sonatas: opus 5, nos 1 and 2; opus 69; opus 102 nos 1 and 2

October 1 @ 8:00 am - October 31 @ 5:00 pm

This concert is being planned, details to be announced

Joy Lisney, cello and James Lisney, piano

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

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Inside the Classics: lecture-recitals by Susan Tomes. Piano sonata opus 110

October 18 @ 2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

These concerts are being finalised, details to be announced

Lecture-recital in which Susan Tomes (pianist and writer) talks about the piece of music, explaining the background and some of the issues for a performer, followed by a performance of the whole piece

Venue, times and ticketing information to be announced

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November 2020

Symphony no 3 (“Eroica”), opus 55; Piano concerto no 3 in C minor, opus 37

November 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Seraphin Project Orchestra. Conductor Joy Lisney; Piano James Lisney

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Tickets from www.adcticketing.com (prices to be announced)

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December 2020

Exhibition of first and early editions of Beethoven’s late works, including Missa Solemnis

December 7 @ 2:00 pm - December 18 @ 5:00 pm

First and early editions of Beethoven’s late works – including the Missa Solemnis – from the Rowe Music Library collection will be on display in King’s College Library. The exhibition will be open to members of the public every weekday (excluding bank holidays) from 2pm until 5pm

King’s College Library, CB2 1ST

For further details on how to find the Library in King’s please see https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/library/opening-hours On arrival at the Porters’ Lodge please tell the Visitor Guides that you are coming to see the Beethoven exhibition in the Library. Please ring the doorbell for admittance when you arrive at the Library

Free entry

Final concert: Symphony number 9, opus 125 (Choral)

December 16

A concert to mark the birthday on 16th December 1770 of Ludwig van Beethoven

Concert also likely to include: Overture – Consecration of the House and Oratorio – Calm Seas and Prosperous Voyage – to be confirmed

Collegium Musicum plus members of the Royal Academy of Music. Conductor: Richard Farnes

Chorus and soloists to be announced

King’s College Chapel, King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

Tickets not yet on sale, but will be available from King’s College Visitor Centre, King’s Parade from around October onwards.

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