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Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Jakub Hrůša

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Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 4 November. General booking opens Thursday, 11 November.

Bass Soloman Howard in blue suite and trench coat.


Jakub Hrůša – conductor
Lyubov Petrova – soprano
Hanna Hipp – mezzo soprano
Nicky Spence – tenor
Soloman Howard – bass

Philharmonia Voices
Crouch End Festival Chorus


Voříšek (1791 – 1825) Symphony in D Listen

Beethoven Symphony No. 9, 'Choral' Listen

Beethoven’s final symphony is widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements of human creativity.

Beethoven stretches the scale and structure of the symphonic form further than anyone had dared before him. And in the final movement he breaks the boundaries of the orchestra itself, invoking the human voice to share his message of brotherhood. His setting of Schiller’s Ode to Joy has become an anthem for freedom and fellowship around the world. Hearing it live is still an exhilarating experience, almost 200 years after its triumphant premiere.

To pave the way for this musical icon, Jakub Hrůša has chosen a symphony composed by his compatriot Voříšek (1791 – 1825) just a few years before Beethoven’s. Voříšek moved to Vienna from his Bohemian home (now in the Czech Republic) with the express hope of meeting Beethoven and establishing himself as a composer. He succeeded in both, and became firm friends with Schubert too. His only symphony is full of melodic invention and contrasts of mood.

Soprano Lyubov Petrova replaces Johanni van Oostrum who was originally advertised. 

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available

Student tickets


Available through Student Pulse.
Limited availability.

Running time:

2h 10 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Read the digital programme notes here. Free printed programmes will be available on the day too.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm

Before the concert


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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