Wednesday 4 December 2019

Immersive Beethoven - The Little Orchestra begins its 2019/2020 season

The Little Orchestra - Nicholas Little
The Little Orchestra - Nicholas Little
The Little Orchestra begins its 2019/20 season this week with a pair of performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Royal Horticultural Halls on 6 & 7 December 2019 with soloists Susanna Hurrell, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Thomas Elwin, and Simon Shibambu, plus the Holst Singers, conducted by Nicholas Little.

Despite the orchestra's name, its ambitions are anything but small. Founded by conductor Nicholas Little, the aim of the group is to draw in people who feel they know very little, or nothing about classical music and send them away wanting to hear more. The orchestra provides immersive experiences, combining classical music in unique venues with drinks, themed food and a social atmosphere, akin to something like the Secret Cinema. Audience members can sit on sofas to watch the concert, and are encouraged to linger afterwards.

During 2020 the orchestra will be exploring Beethoven's music with a series of events covering a period or an aspect of Beethoven's life and music with titles such as Early Years in Vienna, Patronage or Immortal Beloved, including all nine symphonies as well as interludes examining the chamber music and piano sonatas, all at venues such as the Royal Horticultural Halls, Porchester Halls, Battersea Arts Centre, Alexandra Palace, and York Hall.

Full details from the Little Orchestra's website.

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