Performed by a chamber orchestra of 12 musicians, this concert includes both live music and film, combining both new and old technologies to present an evening of chamber music.

Inspired by Beethoven’s Symphony No7, the programme features music created by some of the most exciting composers working today; Graham Fitkin, Robert Moran, Patrick Nunn, Orlando Gough and John Corigliano. 

The programme also includes Beethoven’s little known work for Glass Harmonica (tuned glass bowls), written in 1815. Specialist percussionist Alasdair Malloy (via film) accompanies the live chamber orchestra performing a new set of variations composed by Charlie Barber.

Music direction: Charlie Barber

Musicians 2006 tour: James Mainwaring (soprano & tenor sax), Massimo di Trolio (alto sax & bass clarinet), David Geoghegan (trumpet), Gwyn Daniels (trombone), Matthew West (percussion), Jonathan Helm (percussion), Semra Kurataç (piano), Jonathan Burnett (violin), Katy Rowe (violin), Rebekah Brown (viola), Sharon McKinley (cello), Georgina Poad (double bass)

Musicians 2007 tour: Joel Garthwaite (saxes), Graham Jones (bass clarinet), Tom Shevlin (trumpet), William Hall (trombone), Semra Kutataç (piano), Jez Wiles (percussion), Dave Danford (percussion), Rhys Watkins (violin), Katy Rowe (violin), Rebekah Brown (viola), Sharon McKinley (cello), Ashley John Long (double bass)

Lighting design: Richard Balshaw

Video: Widelode

Technical support: Richard Balshaw, Simon Clode, Nic Prior

Administration: Helen Bowler

Marketing: Stephan Stockton


Charlie Barber – Beethoven Re-mix
Orlando Gough – Dead White European Male
Robert Moran – Immoral Beloved
Patrick Nunn – Hell-bent Inside The Be Oven
Charlie Barber – quasi una fantasia
Charlie Barber – Beethoven Unfinished


24.02.06CARDIFFThe Gate Arts Centre
25.02.06ABERYSTWYTHArts Centre
26.02.06HOLYHEADUcheldre Centre
27.09.07TENBYFestival, De Valance Pavilion
29.09.07MOLDClwyd Theatr Cymru
30.09.07CARDIFFChapter Arts Centre
02.10.07LONDONSouthbank Centre, Purcell Room
10.10.07BRADFORD-ON-AVONWiltshire Music Centre
11.10.07ALSAGERArts Centre
14.10.07SWANSEAMusic Festival, Taliesin Arts Centre
20.10.07LLANTWIT MAJORSt Donats Arts Centre

With the financial support of: Arts Council of Wales, Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation, Holst Foundation, Oakdale Trust, RVW Trust


“Ultimately, it matters little whether you get the musical references, though some are obvious, rather it’s the thought process that counts here, Beethoven’s, Barber’s and yours, the listener. Barber’s fascination with the idea of taking fragments of existing music and using them as a basis for some entirely new has continued and there are now six pieces inspired by Beethoven. The notion of evoking something of the spirit of the original composer through quotations is rather romantic given such a robust and often uncompromising style of music, yet there is a definite resonance in the pulse and rhythm which makes for compelling listening. Barber has a neat way, too, of picking up on associations with words which in turn lead him to play with intriguing musical ideas.” Rian Evans, Musical Opinion, January 2008



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