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Trinity Laban Presents Beethoven+

Tue 11 Feb 2020

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, we are delighted to launch our Beethoven+ Series this spring 2020.

Spearheaded by the Keyboard Department, the festival features eight events which explore varying aspects of the composer’s output, contextualise his work alongside that of his contemporaries in a wider creative landscape, and feature new compositions in response to the composer’s work to offer refreshing ways of understanding Beethoven’s oeuvre.

The series opens with international pianist Martino Tirimo’s performance of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, Op.120 (9 Mar). Martino, who is a professor of piano at Trinity Laban, recently completed the Herculean feat of recording the complete piano works of Beethoven. The 16 CDs have been released with the Hänssler Classic label and this concert will be a celebration of this “major recorded achievement” (Gramophone).

Head of Keyboard Sergio De Simone comments –

“We are so grateful to Martino for opening the Beethoven+ Festival with the Diabelli Variations, a monumental work that faces the future and is an explosion of creativity. I could not have asked for a better opening.”

Vocal students unite with pianists to present an evening of song featuring works by Beethoven, Clara Schumann, Franz Schubert and W. A. Mozart that set the words of the seminal German poet Goethe (26 Mar).

Contrasting the sacred with the profane, the Old Royal Naval Chapel plays host to an evening of secular and sacred music, including a performance by 2020 Trinity Laban Gold Medal Winner baritone Theo Perry (1 May).

Rounding off our Series, Trinity Laban Fulbright Scholar Garrett Snedeker presents a lecture recital on gender connotations in Beethoven’s piano sonatas as part of Tradition and Revolution II (12 May).  

Garrett comments –

“I’ll be exploring Beethoven’s piano sonatas as dramatic dialogues between musical characters. Just as people identify and express themselves in gendered ways, these musical characters often reflect gendered identities too. We’ll listen for ways these gendered characters interact, and how we can relate these interactions to conversations around gender today.”

Sergio De Simone continues –

“The festival will be a journey with a wide variety of music, encompassing works by musicians who influenced and were influenced by Beethoven, including new works written by Trinity Laban composition students.”

The festival takes place 9 March – 12 May 2020. For full event listings, see below or visit our What's On page.


Martino Tirmio: The Diabelli Variations

Peacock Room, King Charles Court | Mon 9 Mar | 19.30

Variations A concert of variations by Trinity Laban student pianists

Old Royal Naval College Chapel | Tue 10 Mar | 13.05

Sonata Forms – Featuring Beethoven’s Piano quartet in E flat major, Op. 16                                                          

Old Royal Naval College Chapel | Tue 10 Mar | 13.05

Miniatures A performance of piano minatures by, or inspired by, Beethoven

Old Royal Naval College Chapel | Fri 20 Mar | 13.05

A Goethe LiederabendIncluding music by Beethoven, Schubert and W. A. Mozart

Peacock Room, King Charles Court | Thu 26 Mar | 19.30

Sacred And Profaneincluding Adelaide, op. 46 and C. P. E. Bach’s Bitten

Old Royal Naval College Chapel | Fri 1 May | 13.05

Tradition And Revolution I including Variations op. 35 “Eroica” and Mozart’s Sonata in A minor K.310 

Peacock Room, King Charles Court | Tue 5 May | 19.30

Tradition And Revolution II Garrett Snedeker discusses gender connotations in Beethoven’s piano sonatas

Peacock Room, King Charles Court | Tue 12 May | 19.30


 Image credit JK Photography