Proms 2020
10 Sep 2020, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2020 Live Beethoven from Memory

Beethoven from Memory
Beethoven from Memory
19:30 Thu 10 Sep 2020 Royal Albert Hall
Radio 3’s Tom Service and Aurora Orchestra Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon introduce Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and British composer Richard Ayres’s new work that explores the effects of hearing loss. Watch on BBC Four at 8.00pm
Radio 3’s Tom Service and Aurora Orchestra Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon introduce Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and British composer Richard Ayres’s new work that explores the effects of hearing loss. Watch on BBC Four at 8.00pm

Programme

      • No. 52 (Three pieces about Ludwig van Beethoven, dreaming, hearing loss, and saying goodbye)(20 mins)BBC co-commission: world premiere
      • Symphony No 7 in A major(36 mins)

Performers

About This Event

Beethoven’s hearing loss plunged the composer into isolation and despair, so it’s hard to believe him capable of producing a symphony such as his Seventh, which pulses with restless energy – and which the Aurora Orchestra plays from memory. It’s a work with a special place in Proms history, too: it was the last piece Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood directed before his death in 1944.

Richard Ayres opens the concert with a deeply personal new work inspired both by Beethoven’s journey into deafness and his own experience of hearing loss, a vivid soundscape in which clarity gradually gives way to confusion.

Radio 3’s Tom Service and Aurora Orchestra Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon guide us through the programme with their customary lively and expert introductions.

It will not be possible to have an audience at the Royal Albert Hall.

Live on BBC Radio 3 & on BBC Four at 8.00pm

Image: Nicholas Collon © Chris Christodolou/BBC