Bath Festivals Beethoven anniversary celebrations

Bath is joining worldwide celebrations to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven with Bath Festivals staging a series of six concerts of the composer’s entire cycle of 16 String Quartets.

Three of the concerts will take place in March, with three more in May, during The Bath Festival, forming part of a global programme of musical and cultural tributes to the world’s best known composer. The Bath Festivals Beethoven String Quartets cycle will be performed by the Carducci String Quartet in March and the Heath Quartet in May, two of the finest string quartets in the world. The six concerts will be augmented by an illuminating talk about the music and its composer, by Classic FM broadcaster John Suchet, author of Beethoven: The Man Revealed.

Tickets go on general release from 9.30am on Thursday 7 November.

Above: The Carducci String Quartet will be performing the first three concerts in March

The early quartets were written when Ludwig van Beethoven was in his twenties, they sparkle with youthful exuberance, leading to the symphonic Razumovsky quartets of his middle period.  His so-called late quartets, written in the final years of his life when he was profoundly deaf, offer an extraordinary mixture of grandeur, intimacy and beauty, offering intimations of mortality and the sublime.

Bath Festivals’ chief executive Ian Stockley said: “We are very excited to be able to offer audiences the chance to go on the greatest of musical journeys to hear the entire cycle of Beethoven’s 16 String Quartets. This series of concerts performed by these two highly acclaimed quartets with international reputations will be impressively memorable, something for the festivals and the city to be proud of.”

Above: The Heath Quartet will be performing the first concerts in May.

The six Bath Festivals concerts will take place on: Friday 27 March,  7.30pm, Saturday 28 March 11am and Sunday 29 March, 11am, all at the Guildhall, Bath, Friday 22 May, 7.30pm, Saturday 23 May, 11am and Sunday 24 May, 11am, all at the Assembly Rooms, Bath.

Tickets are £12, £26 and £35. Concessions are half price.

Ludwig van Beethoven, born — well, that is the first problem we have, we cannot be entirely sure what day Beethoven was born on. That is the first of many surprises that John Suchet will bring you, as he presents ‘Beethoven — The Man Revealed’, an intimate portrait of the man he believes to be the greatest composer of them all.

The talk, Beethoven: The Man Revealed with John Suchet, takes place on Saturday 28 March at 3pm at the Guildhall Bath. Tickets are £10.

Booking dates:

Patrons – Monday 28 October
Benefactors, Gold & Silver Members – Thursday 31 October
Bronze Members – Monday 4 November
General – Thursday 7 November

Tickets are available from: www.bathfestivals.org.uk , or Bath Box Office, tel: 01225 463362 or in person from Bath Box Office, 2 Terrace Walk, Bath BA1 1LN.

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