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Beethoven’s Fifth

Royal Festival Hall
£12 — £58
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Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 9.30am.

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker


Conductor to be confirmed
Antje Weithaas – violin
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker – cello
Martin Helmchen – piano


Beethoven Coriolan Overture

Beethoven Triple Concerto

— Interval —

Beethoven Symphony No. 5

There’s so much more to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 than those stop-you-in-your-tracks opening chords. And whether you’ve heard a dozen different recordings, or never listened to it all the way through, it’s well worth experiencing it live.

Vladimir Ashkenazy is our guide through this essential masterpiece, from the dark, dramatic opening to exhilarating triumph. Explaining why he chose to end a symphony in stormy C minor with a resplendent C major finale, Beethoven wrote simply “Joy follows sorrow, sunshine – rain.”

Two more Beethoven works complete the programme, a fitting conclusion to our Beethoven 250 celebrations. The Roman general Coriolanus chooses compassion over vengeance, in music that vividly describes his struggle with his conscience. The Triple Concerto is an altogether lighter affair, composed for an aristocratic 16-year-old piano pupil – stylish, graceful and full of singing melodies.

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Prices & Discounts

£12 – £58 (premium)

Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)

Running Time

1 hour 50 minutes, including 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Please note

Vladimir Ashkenazy, who was due to conduct this concert, announced his retirement in January 2020. We wish him all the best and thank him for his many years of inspiring music-making with the Philharmonia.

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Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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Book tickets
£12 — £58