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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.

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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


Saturday 19th March 2016, 7:30pm

In March we will be in elegiac mood for a programme of works associated with the First World War. Although only the Gurney piece, War Elegy, was written to commemorate the war all the works have connections. The affectingly nostalgic Shropshire Lad (Butterworth) and Cello Concerto (Elgar) are counterbalanced by the varied national musical languages of Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin (dedicated to friends killed in the war) and Granados’s Spanish Dances, the composer of which was drowned when his ferry to Dieppe was torpedoed by an enemy U-boat in 1916.


Butterworth, Shropshire Lad   

Elgar, Cello Concerto
Gurney, War Elegy
Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin
Granados, Three Spanish Dances


Adele Xiang
to play Elgar cello concerto

Guest Leader


Elgar Cello Concerto


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1st February 2016

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