Wednesday 7 October 2020   |   7:30pm

Carlisle Beethoven 2020: The Next Generation 4

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.”

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!

Venue Information

St Cuthbert’s Church
Blackfriars St, Carlisle, CA3 8UE
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Please note, all seating is unreserved.

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This series is supported by Classical Futures Europe and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Classical Futures Europe supports the promotion of emerging talent, pioneering new approaches to concert presentation and the development of new audiences and community participation in classical music. Classical Futures Europe is managed by the European Concert Hall Organisation.


Wednesday 7 October