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The Beethoven Society was founded in 1888 and has met without a break since then. The Society gives classical music concerts in aid of both local and national charities. We do not purely perform works by Beethoven; rather the name is kept as a tribute to the long and illustrious history of the orchestra.  We are a group of musicians dedicated to playing good music, enjoying ourselves, and helping to raise money for charities at the same time.

Please come and support us, see the About Us page to see Maps of our usual rehearsal and concert venues. If you've never been to our concerts before, come and try something different for free. If you have, we hope you enjoyed our concerts and will keep supporting us.

We currently have vacancies for string players. If you are interested please contact us by telephoning our Membership Secretaries, Joan and Rosalind Corser, on 01706 378973 or Contact Us


 




Overview for our 2014/15 Concerts

The Beethoven Orchestra’s first concert of the year at St. Bartholomew's Church, Westhoughton will be a lighter programme and will include favourite pieces played in last year’s season. The evening opens with the lively Johann Strauss overture, Die Fledermaus which will be followed by the beautiful and original arrangement by Arthur Benjamin of an oboe concerto by Cimarosa featuring our lead oboist Debbie Fuller. Next we will be playing a group of pieces with nationalist features, the Norwegian Dances by Grieg, Espana by Chabrier, the English Folk Song Suite by Vaughan Williams, Holst’s Somerset Rhapsody and we will be finishing in Russia with Borodin’s Polostvian Dances.

Our November concert will be unreservedly romantic in flavour. The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet will be played out in Tchaikovsky’s picturesque and dramatic manner followed by an equally colourful but rather more wistful piece, Cappricio Bohemien composed by Rachmaninov shortly before his First Symphony and his subsequent mental breakdown. This emotional rollercoaster will be rounded off with Berlioz’s Harold in Italy which features a significant solo part for viola characterising Byron’s wandering hero, Harold.

It is rare that we play two symphonies in one concert but there is relationship between the styles of the two composers Sibelius and Brahms. Despite writing within the musical language of romanticism they both have a strong classical sense expressed by giving the form as much importance as the content. In our February concert we will be playing both their Third Symphonies and an unusual treat, a Concertino for Trombone by Ferdinand David, well known to trombonists but less so to concert goers.

Towards the end of March we will be playing a programme that contrasts the classical concision of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture
with the expansiveness of the late romantics, expansiveness of mood in Chausson’s Poeme de l’Amour et La Mer
and in time in Mahler’s Symphony No.1. In the Chausson we will have, for us, the unusual delight of accompanying a singer.

Our Summer Concert will be special because we will be in the newly refurbished concert hall of the Royal Northern College. For this occasion we will be including a great favourite with concert audiences Grieg’s Piano Concerto and this will be preceded by Weber’s Der Freischutz Overture
which some commentators claim is the first truly romantic musical piece, whilst our final offering for this concert is Dvorak’s Symphony No.5 the first well-known symphony by this full-blooded romantic composer.


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The Manchester Beethoven Orchestra
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MakingMusic
and is a Registered Charity
(No.1010447)

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28 July 2014

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