Anyone travelling through London’s St Pancras International train station on Wednesday 2 November at lunchtime is in for a surprise. They will be treated to a ‘pop up’ performance of the finale from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, to mark the beginning of the BBC’s Symphony season.
Starting at 1pm, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Robertson will perform the finale from the Symphony, nicknamed the ‘Choral’, while Simon Russell Beale (right), presenter of BBC Four’s Symphony series, will be encouraging passers-by to join in with singing the final movement’s famous ‘Ode to Joy’. Soprano Ailish Tynan, mezzo-soprano Daniela Lehner, tenor Allan Clayton and bass James Rutherford will be singing the solo parts.
The Symphony season on the BBC is a month-long exploration of the musical form involving all five of the BBC Orchestras, Radio 3 and BBC Four. Beale will be presenting four programmes on BBC Four exploring the history of the symphony, beginning this Thursday, 3 November. Radio 3 will be airing performances of over 60 symphonies – many of them live – including each work featured in the BBC Four series. In addition, on Tuesday 15 November, from 2pm Radio 3 will be reconstructing a concert which took place in 1808, in which Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies and Fourth Piano Concerto were all premiered.
A complete guide to the BBC’s Symphony Season appeared in the November issue of BBC Music Magazine and can be downloaded below. Simply click on the button below.