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About Beethoven Symphony No.9
Completed in 1824, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 marked a triumphant end to a remarkable career and has become one of the best-known works of the Western classical repertoire.
Never before had a major composer included voices in a symphony. The words, sung during the final movement by four soloists, were taken from the ‘Ode to Joy’, a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785.
English Chamber Orchestra
The English Chamber Orchestra is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world; its discography contains 857 recordings of over 1,500 works by more than 400 composers.
The history of the ECO features many major musical figures including Benjamin Britten who was the orchestra’s first Patron. It has also performed in more countries than any other orchestra, and played with many of the world’s greatest musicians.
Choir of the 21st Century
CC21 is an innovative chamber choir, creating performances with a 21st-century perspective. The choir's repertoire is broad, reflecting the depth and richness of the choral music which is its heritage.
Voices from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Both Trinity College of Music and Laban institutions have long histories as centres of excellence for training in music and contemporary dance.
Conductor : Howard Williams
One of Britain’s most experienced conductors on the international platform; Howard Williams has covered a formidable range of work both in the opera house and the concert hall, with a large and broadly-based symphonic repertoire.
Sarah Connolly : Mezzo-soprano
Sarah is best known for her baroque and classical roles with a wide-ranging repertoire including works by Wagner as well as various 20th century composers. She studied at the Royal College of Music and was made a CBE in the 2010 New Year Honours.
Elizabeth Llewellyn : Soprano
Elizabeth studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. She has worked extensively with the ENO and recently made her BBC Proms debut with the John Wilson Orchestra. In 2009 she won the inaugural Voice of Black Opera Competition.
Andrew Kennedy : Tenor
Andrew studied at King’s College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music in London. He has won numerous prizes including the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Rosenblatt Recital Prize. He is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award winner and won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists’ Award in 2006.
Mark Stone : Baritone
Mark studied at King’s College, Cambridge and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has performed at The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Opera North and Glyndebourne, and has performed extensively abroad. Having sung at all major UK concert halls he is in demand as a song recitalist, in which capacity he has sung at London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall.