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Chamber Music Series celebrating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary

The 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth will be the theme for the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series 16th season.

The series, which is sponsored by the University of Portsmouth in partnership with Music In the Round in Sheffield, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall Trust, presents music by internationally renowned musicians from around the world. 

“The coming year marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and so you will see most of the concerts include a nod in that direction,” said Colin Jagger, Director of Music at the University of Portsmouth.

Trio Shaham Erez and Wallfisch which comprises three of the finest international instrumentalists will open the season on 30 September with a programme of music which includes Beethoven, Brahms and Grieg.

We will also hear the Esme Quartet, a Korean ensemble based in Cologne, which won the prestigious Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition last year. In January Ensemble 360, the resident group at Music in the Round, will bring us music by Hummel, Haydn and Schubert’s famous Trout quintet.

We welcome two foremost ensembles from the Czech Republic; the Martinu Trio and the Prazak Quartet for the February and March concerts. Both will feature works by well-known Czech composers, Martinu, Smetana and Dvorak, aside from pieces by Beethoven.

One of the world-leading pianists, Martin Roscoe will close the season in May with his incredible playing which has delighted audiences from around the globe and in Portsmouth. His programme will include extraordinary late works by Beethoven and Schubert.

The organisers are delighted by the longevity of this series and much as Beethoven has proved to be one of the greatest composers in the world, they hope this series proves to be the crowning glory of the Portsmouth’s classical music scene.

“We are passionate about transforming lives in our community through music, arts and heritage, and are delighted to host the Chamber Series which is a key component of this,” said Andy Grays, Chief Executive Officer of The Guildhall Trust.

Tickets for the concerts are available from the Guildhall box office 023 9387 0200. Prices are £18 and £16, with 20% discount available when all six concerts are purchased as a series.

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