Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


St Andrew's and Blackfriars' Hall
St Andrew's Hill


Gerald BarryThe Eternal Recurrence
Ludwig van BeethovenSymphony no.9 in D minor 'Choral', Op.125


Claudia Boyle – Soprano
Thomas Adès – Conductor
Eamonn Dougan – choral director

Britten Sinfonia
Britten Sinfonia Voices

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Programme Note

Beethoven’s extraordinary Ninth Symphony is regarded by many as the finest of all symphonies, and its message of humanity, perhaps most famously encapsulated in the symphony’s Ode to Joy chorus, continues to resonate today (not least, as the anthem for the European Union). Here, Beethoven’s masterful celebration of the human race is paired with Gerald Barry’s The Eternal Recurrence, a brilliant, feverish setting of texts from Nietzsche’s philosophical novel Also sprach Zarathustra.


In Conversation – 6.30pm. Britten Sinfonia musicians discuss the evening’s programme in this pre-concert talk (free to ticket holders).

Thomas Adès - Britten Sinfonia Beethoven Symphony Cycle

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