Why Beethoven Matters - CANCELLED

Wed 29 Apr 2020, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Warehouse Waterloo, 13 Theed Street, London SE1 8ST

Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we are sorry to have to cancel this event. All those who booked to attend have been notified by email.


250 years since his birth, 2020 is resounding with Beethoven. But what precisely has made his music endure all these years? What did it say to its very first audiences, and what does it say to audiences today?

Joining forces with Garsington Opera as they bring Fidelio to the stage this summer, we assemble an expert musical panel to share their frank impressions. Writer Jessica Duchen – currently at work on her own novel about Beethoven – is joined by tenor Toby Spence who returns to the lead role of Florestan in Fidelio at Garsington, as well as pianist and academic David Owen Norris, and composer Freya Waley-Cohen to reflect on Beethoven’s enduring spell over musicians and audiences to this day. Amid lively discussion, Toby and David will also perform a little of Beethoven’s music.

This event is part Garsington's running series of Insight Talks. Tickets are priced at £15 and guests are invited to join us from 7.00pm for a reception with wine, before the talk at 7.30pm.

Owing to limited capacities, single RPS Members can book 1 ticket each per event; RPS Circle and Joint-Members can book 2 tickets per event. Although capacity is limited, should any RPS Members like to bring a guest who you think may be particularly interested in this event or joining themselves, do contact us and we will do our very best to accommodate them as space permits. Non-members can book 1 ticket each pending availability.