beethoven 2020


Reiko has some exciting projects in the pipeline for 2020, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven.

In words and music, the events will explore Beethoven’s extraordinary contribution to musical development and his unmatched legacy, both as composer and virtuoso pianist.  The narrative will highlight the early influences on Beethoven, his innovative genius, and the effect he had on other pianists, composers and instrument makers of his day.  Extracts from his letters and other sources will illustrate Beethoven’s personal thoughts and experiences, as well as his (sometimes shrewd) dealings.

The exploration will encompass Haydn and Clementi through to Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt and Wagner.  Music from all periods of Beethoven’s life will be featured alongside selected works by the composers and pianists whose lives and output were shaped by him, and who in turn became significant figures in the romantic era.

Specially devised narration is being created by musicologist, journalist and author Peter Quantrill, delivered live on stage by actors including Crawford Logan and Paul Ansdell.