Beethoven Symphony Cycle

In Spring 2017, Britten Sinfonia launches a new three-year Beethoven Symphony Cycle, with Thomas Adès as director and conductor. Adès interleaves Beethoven’s masterworks with the deft, audacious and sometimes explosive music of the wonderfully idiosyncratic Irish composer, Gerald Barry, explore these monuments of the orchestral repertoire. Hearing how one of the most celebrated composer/conductors working today will interpret and illuminate these iconic works, is sure to be a major event in the classical music calendar.

“Adès makes you hear things with which you though you were familiar as if they were completely new” Tom Service, The Guardian

Find out more about the symphony cycle in this podcast, hosted by Ben Eshmade and featuring interviews with Thomas Adès, Thomas Gould and Gerald Barry;


Year 1

Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 and Gerald Barry’s Beethoven
Fri 26 May 2017 – Norwich, St Andrew’s Hall (part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017)
Sat 27 May 2017 – Saffron Walden, Saffron Hall
Fri 2 Jun 2017 – London, Barbican
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Beethoven Symphony No. 3 and Gerald Barry’s Chevaux de frise
Tue 6 Jun 2017 – London, Barbican
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Year 2
(more dates to be announced)

Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 and Gerald Barry’s Piano Concerto
Tue 22 May 2018 – London, Barbican
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Beethoven Symphony No. 6 and Gerald Barry’s Conquest of Ireland
Thu 24 May 2018 – London, Barbican
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Year 3
(dates to be announced)


Adès, Barry, Beethoven – chamber music
Each year, Thomas Adès will also join Britten Sinfonia musicians, on stage, for an evening of chamber music by Beethoven and Gerald Barry.

Year 1 featuring Beethoven Septet
30 May 2017 – London, Milton Court
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Year 2 featuring a Beethoven Trio
23 May 2018 – London, Milton Court
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