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, click Here to see a map 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 click Here


Saturday 7th June 2014

Holy Innocents Church, Fallowfield

For our last full orchestral concert of the season we travel north to Scandinavia. The programme begins with Nielsen’s Helios Overture, a piece that traces the passage of the sun through a day and which is followed by the Norwegian Dances by Grieg. The first half ends with Berwald’s Konzertstuck for Bassoon and orchestra. The concert concludes with Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1, the composer’s surprisingly accomplished and indeed gripping first adventure into symphonic composition.

See the About Us page for the location of Holy Innocents Church.


Nielsen - Helios Overture

Grieg - Norwegian Dances

Berwald - Konzertstuck

for Bassoon and orchestra

Sibelius - Symphony No.1



Sun Chariot

Admission Free

In support of


Orchestral Play Day

Saturday April 12th 2014

Following a succession of most enjoyable similar events, we are organising an orchestral play day on Saturday April 12th 2014 at the parish hall of St Clements, Urmston, M41 9JZ, 10 am to 5 pm.

Music will be provided as will light refreshments. Players are asked to bring a music stand and a packed lunch. The cost is only 5 per person. The main work to be rehearsed will be Beethoven Symphony No. 3 (The Eroica).

The play day will be suitable for players who have reached Grade IV standard and above. It is especially suitable for string players who are  ‘late learners’, ‘returnees’ after a long absence, and for those wishing to experience orchestral playing for the first time.

Participants of all ages are welcome. Places are, of course, limited for wind and brass players, so early application is advised.

If you would like to book a place, please contact the conductor, Frank Lennon, on 0161 227 8207.

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