RPS Celebration: Beethoven Plaque Unveiling and Fanfare

Sun 11 Aug 2013 12.00

NatWest Bank, 252 Regent Street, London (near Oxford Circus)

Event Price: Free

At midday on Sunday 11 August, a Westminster City Council Green Plaque will be be unveiled at the site of the first UK performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. in London's Regent Street. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was commissioned by the Philharmonic Society in 1822 for 50 pounds. It received its first UK performance on 21 March 1825 at the Argyll Rooms, now the site of a NatWest Bank on Regent Street. The plaque will be unveiled by Royal Philharmonic Society Chairman, John Gilhooly and Councillor Michael Brahams, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London The unveiling will be marked with the performance of a new fanfare, Joie de vivre composed by Bertie Baigent a young composer from the National Youth Orchestra and performed by players from the NYO. The celebration forms part of a day celebrating the RPS and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony culminating a performance by the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Choir at the BBC Proms. Read the full release

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