Discovery Day: Beethoven


LSO Discovery

Sun 19 Jan 2020 10.00am - 5.00pm
Barbican Hall, London


Tickets: Full day tickets £22 (£17 concessions)

£16 afternoon only + fees

£0.60 online booking fee, £0.70 telephone booking fee per transaction - click here for more information on booking fees

Part of 2019/20 season

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

Find out more about Beethoven from music broadcaster and author Stephen Johnson, in the composer’s 250th anniversary year. With a morning rehearsal^ at the Barbican conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and talks and chamber music at LSO St Luke’s in the afternoon.

The full schedule will be posted two weeks before the event. Please check back for more information.

^Please note that the conductor may choose to not use the full rehearsal time and we cannot guarantee that equal rehearsal time will be given to each piece. You will be seated in the Circle. All events are subject to change without prior notice.

Part of Beethoven 250 at the Barbican


10am–1pm: Barbican Hall, LSO Open Rehearsal

Hear the LSO under Sir Simon Rattle as well as the London Symphony Chorus and a roster of international singers rehearse Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives plus Berg’s Violin Concerto with soloist Lisa Batishvilli.

Please be seated by 9.55am.

Your seats will be in the Circle. Please enter the Barbican Hall via Doors 6 and 7 (Level 0, Circle floor on the ground level). The doors will open at approximately 9.45am. There will be a break of 15–20 minutes during the rehearsal at approximately 11.15am.

1–2.30pm: Lunch break

Please note that lunch is not provided. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés around the Barbican which you might like to try. Find out more on the Barbican website. Additionally, the café at LSO St Luke’s will be open from 1pm serving a selection of sandwiches, cakes, and hot and cold drinks.

2.30–5pm: LSO St Luke’s, Talk and chamber music performances

‘Sometimes’, wrote Beethoven enigmatically, ‘the opposite it also true.’ However well we think we know this composer, there’s always something surprising, something that challenges our preconceptions of him. The Promethean romantic hero could also be playful and tender, the revolutionary democrat would in his later years turn to Eastern religious thought for inspiration, and this master of dynamic musical logic could also be bewilderingly lateral. Is there an overview that makes sense of all this? Stephen Johnson attempts to provide some answers.

This fascinating talk will be illustrated by live performances from LSO musicians. In addition, Steven Johnson will be joined by LSO Chorus Director Simon Halsey to find out more about Christ on the Mount of Olives, Beethoven’s seldom performed masterpiece.