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Building

In light of the most recent Government advice, Sage Gateshead will be closed to the public until further notice.

The health and safety of audiences, musicians and staff at Sage Gateshead is our priority. Keep up to date here.

 

24 Jan, 18 Mar, 3 Jun, 7 Oct, 14 Nov  

Beethoven 2020: The Next Generation

Beethoven 2020: The Next Generation

Part of Royal Northern Sinfonia: Out and About

St Cuthbert’s Church, Carlisle & The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Subscription (all 5 concerts) £84; Individual Concerts £20/£25, Under 18s £5 (Available from 2 December)

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Royal Northern Sinfonia perform the nine symphonies that changed the course of classical music – works that still inspire young conductors and composers today.

Beethoven 2020: The Next Generation asks five emerging conductors and composers in their 20s and early 30s why Beethoven still matters in the year 2020. Through their interpretations and compositions they will be giving their personal answers. Each instalment of the cycle will involve performances of Beethoven’s symphonies, alongside a new, short commission in response to Beethoven, selected from our RNS Young Composers’ Competition.

Join us for the complete cycle – right on your doorstep in Carlisle – and find out what Beethoven has to say to you!

Subscriptions on sale now

SAVE £21 and enjoy all nine symphonies when you buy a subscription. Get 20% off the full ticket price when you book all five concerts – Box Office only.

Single concert tickets are available below.

Friday 24 January, 7.30pm

St Cuthbert’s Church, Carlisle

Dinis Sousa conductor
Royal Northern Sinfonia

Beethoven Symphony No.1 (26’)
Abel Esbenshade New Commission (8’)
Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’ (47’)

Start the year of Beethoven celebrations with the boundary-stretching form and intense emotional range of the ‘Eroica’. But first, enjoy Symphony No.1 – with musical jokes worthy of Mozart and Haydn.

 

Wednesday 18 March, 7.30pm

St Cuthbert’s Church, Carlisle

Marta Gardolińska conductor
Royal Northern Sinfonia

Beethoven Symphony No.2 (32’)
Nora Marazaite New Commission (8’)
Beethoven Symphony No.5 (31’)

The humorous Symphony No.2, smiling throughout with defiant vitality, starkly contrasts with the cornerstone that is Beethoven’s Fifth. Experience the composer’s response to increasing deafness and surrounding political turmoil.

 

Wednesday 3 June, 7.30pm

St Cuthbert’s Church, Carlisle

Elena Schwarz conductor
Royal Northern Sinfonia

Beethoven Symphony No.4 (34’)
Samuel Messer New Commission (8’)
Beethoven Symphony No.6 ‘Pastoral’ (39’)

Join Beethoven for a walk in the country, and take in the babbling brook, brooding thunderstorms, and comforting shepherd songs of the ‘Pastoral’, preceded by the assured and summery Symphony No.4.

 

Wednesday 7 October, 7.30pm

St Cuthbert’s Church, Carlisle

Christian Reif conductor
Royal Northern Sinfonia

Beethoven Symphony No.8 (26’)
Sam Gooderham New Commission (8’)
Beethoven Symphony No.7 (36’)

Fondly referred to by Beethoven as “my little symphony in F”, the Eighth may be one of the shortest symphonies of the 19th century, but it is certainly no less compelling than his more substantial works. Paired with the dancing rhythms and swelling melodies of Symphony No.7, described by Tchaikovsky as “full of unrestrained joy.”

Saturday 14 November, 7.30pm

The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Nuno Coelho conductor
Soloists tba
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia

Beethoven Leonore Overture No.3 (14’)
Kristina Arakelyan New Commission (8’)
Beethoven Symphony No.9 ‘Choral’ (65’)

Our Beethoven cycle draws to a close with the raw power and drama of Beethoven’s majestic giant: Symphony No.9 ‘Choral’ – one of the greatest achievements in classical music history. No less dramatic, Leonore Overture No.3 depicts the heroic tale of the oppressed turning on repressive tyrants.

Venue Information

St Cuthbert’s Church
Blackfriars St, Carlisle, CA3 8UE
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The Sands Centre
Carlisle, CA1 1JQ
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Please note, all seating is unreserved.

Subscriptions on sale via Box Office - single concert tickets available below

Wednesday 3 June

£20; Under 18s £5

St Cuthbert’s Church, Carlisle

Wednesday 7 October

£20; Under 18s £5

St Cuthbert’s Church, Carlisle

Saturday 14 November

£25; Under 18s £5

The Sands Centre, Carlisle