General sale opens on Tuesday 13 April. Patrons and members priority booking begins from Wednesday 7 April. Find out more about becoming a member here
Please note, this event was originally programmed for 28 March 2020 at the Guildhall and has been rescheduled for Wednesday 19 May 2021 at The Forum.
You know the music… but do you know the man?
Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the world’s best loved and most influential composers. His life – its dramas, conflicts, loves and losses – is played out in his music.
Award-winning news reader, presenter and Classic FM host John Suchet (Beethoven: The Man Revealed) shows us the man behind the music, uncovering a difficult and complex character. He talks about Beethoven’s struggles to continue his profession as a musician despite increasing deafness, alienating friends with unprovoked outbursts of anger one moment, overwhelming them with excessive kindness and generosity the next, living in a city in almost constant disarray because of war with France.
This event is part of a series celebrating 250 years of Beethoven which includes performances of the complete Beethoven Quartets taking place throughout the festival.
50% off for concessions, which include U26s, students, unemployed, DSS state pension holders and visitors with a disability
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This event will be socially distanced. Our venues were built by previous generations to house large gatherings, so they are adaptable for use adhering to socially distanced rules, with their spacious rooms and high ceilings. Further instructions of audience guidelines will be communicated closer to the festival and will adhere to the government guideline. Audience and artists’ safety is paramount. To read our COVID secure guidelines, please click here. Your tickets will be automatically allocated for social distancing, for more booking information please click here.
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