Across 2020 we celebrate Beethoven's 250th anniversary with some of his great masterpieces. We continue our Symphony Cycle with conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, Daniele Rustioni, Karina Canellakis and John Storgårds.

Robin Ticciati leads a starry Triple Concerto, with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Khatia Buniatishvili and Pablo Ferández. Mutter returns to perform the String Trio in an evening of chamber music with Principal members of the Orchestra, while Jurowski gives over a whole concert to Beethoven, including rare performances of Cantata for Emperor Joseph II, and later in the 2020/21 season, Denis Kozhukhin performs Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto No. 5.

2020/21 season

Beethoven Symphony No. 7 | 30 September 2020

John Storgårds conducts Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony – a work of undimmed popularity and power, Simone Lamsma plays Nielsen’s Violin Concerto, and Julian Anderson collides Japanese court music, street sounds and echoes of Janáček in his extraordinary Discovery of Heaven.

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Beethoven Symphony No. 8 | 3 October 2020

Karina Canellakis conducts Beethoven’s firecracker of an Eighth Symphony – a work that cheerfully booted the Classical rule-book out of the window. Plus John Adams’s Absolute Jest: a one-off concerto for string quartet and Four Orchestral Pieces, the multi-coloured masterpiece by Bartók.

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Beethoven Symphony No. 9 ‘Ode to Joy’ | 24 October 2020

The natural climax to our Beethoven 250th anniversary celebrations – Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is a piece that transcends its era. The concert opens in a blaze of glory with Handel’s Zadok the Priest.

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Beethoven Symphony No. 6 | 18 November 2020

Hear Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony in a concert that celebrates the power of art to unite cultures and nourish the spirit as Anoushka Shankar rediscovers one of the 20th century’s most unusual and beautiful masterpieces – her father’s Sitar Concerto No. 2.

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Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 | 24 March 2021

Together, Maxim Emelyanychev and pianist Denis Kozhukhin will make Beethoven’s majestic ‘Emperor’ Concerto the perfect counterpart for Brahms’s Symphony No. 1. The overture to Mozart’s darkest opera, Don Giovanni, sets the stage for an evening of high drama and raw passion.

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Beethoven Symphony No. 3 | 16 April 2021

Hear Beethoven’s revolutionary ‘Eroica’ Symphony alongside Brahms’s First Piano Concerto. For Stephen Hough, this concerto is ‘a burst of pure, utter, natural genius’ and he plays it like no-one on earth.

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