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Beethoveniana composed by Iain Farrington, inspired by Beethoven's nine symphonies, created with over 300 musicians from the BBC orchestras and singers in lockdown and two dancers in a bubble.

Joining Beethoven Unleashed, a year-long, BBC-wide marathon marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, a BBC Grand Virtual Orchestra made up of over 300 BBC musicians perform Beethoveniana by composer Iain Farrington, a brand new reworking of Beethoven’s nine symphonies commissioned by the BBC Proms to celebrate the opening of the 2020 Proms season.

Farrington describes his work as 'taking Beethoven's music and putting it in a musical washing machine to see which colours run'. Director Toby Amies brings the music to life in this film, premiering exclusively on BBC Four, Choreographed by Cameron McMillan, starring dancers Emma Farnell-Watson and Joshua Smith together in their own lockdown bubble.

6 minutes


Role Contributor
Producer Kat Mansoor
Director Toby Amies
Composer Iain Farrington
Orchestra BBC Concert Orchestra
Orchestra BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Orchestra BBC Philharmonic
Orchestra BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra BBC Symphony Orchestra
Choir BBC Singers
Choreographer Cameron McMillan
Dancer Emma Farnell-Watson
Dancer Joshua Smith


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