A Pre-Festival Beethoven Marathon
In conjunction with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
To kick off our celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, in conjunction with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, we are presenting an all-day marathon performance of all the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven. 32 of the Conservatoire’s top students, including some international prizewinners, will each perform one sonata. The day will start at 9.30am and finish at approximately 9.30pm. People can come along for the whole day, just one sonata, or dip in and out throughout the day. There will be no entry charge for this event just a retiring collection. After the Conservatoire and the Festival’s running costs for this event have been deducted, any extra proceeds will be divided between the Conservatoire students and the Festival Education department.
We do hope you are as excited as we are about this amazing project. The development of Beethoven’s style from Op.2 No.1, written in 1795, to Op.111, finished in 1822, is one of the most extraordinary musical journeys one could ever take. For those planning to come to the whole day, I know that as the last notes of the transcendental final movement of Op.111 fade into the only appropriate response, which is complete silence, we will all feel we have experienced something quite remarkable. We will produce a sheet with the sonatas in chronological order and brief programme notes.