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Philharmonia Sessions: Beethoven and Vaughan Williams

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Nicola Benedetti, credit Andy Gotts


Paavo Järvi – conductor
Nicola Benedetti – violin


Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending

Beethoven Symphony No. 1

The two pieces in our third Philharmonia Session are the perfect way to leave your memories of lockdown worry and confinement behind.

Close your eyes and soar with Vaughan Williams’s jubilant lark over his beloved English countryside. The violin solo, bubbling with joy and freedom, is in the hands of Nicola Benedetti – not just an outstanding performer, but a wonderful advocate for the power of music to enrich our lives.

Conductor Paavo Järvi, a favourite with Philharmonia musicians and audiences alike, continues with Beethoven’s First Symphony. Combining fleet-footed melodies with the first glimpses of Beethoven’s eventual dramatic flair, this music brims with youthful confidence, energy and charm.

Supported by:
Goldman Sachs Gives
John and Carol Wates
The Wates Foundation
Lark Music

Promoted in partnership with Classic FM.

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Philharmonia Sessions: Beethoven and Vaughan Williams

Thursday 17 September, 7pm

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Free to watch

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Running time

60 minutes

Is this a live performance?

No, this is a deferred broadcasts/stream. It is performed and filmed shortly ahead of the broadcast date and time.

Where to watch

The performance will be streamed on the Philharmonia’s YouTube channel and on Classic FM’s Facebook Live.

Was it produced safely?

Yes. We are working with independent health and safety experts and have robust risk assessment procedures in place drawing from Public Health England advice.

Will it be available after broadcast?

Yes. It will be available on the Philharmonia’s YouTube channel for 30 days after broadcast.

Programme change

This performance was originally listed as including Schubert’s Symphony No. 5. The Orchestra will be performing Beethoven’s First Symphony in its place.

Programme notes

Download the full programme notes here.

Watch trailer


Trailer 1: Vaughan Williams


Trailer 2: Beethoven


Trailer 3: A message from Nicola Bendetti

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