Blackburn Classics and Beethoven’s 250th Celebration

“Farewell, and do not wholly forget me when I’m gone”

Blackburn Classics and Beethoven’s 250th Celebration

Gergely Madaras
Photo: Marco Borggreve

The Hallé return to Blackburn this March as part of the 2019/2020 Classics Series to celebrate the 250th birthday of Beethoven.

‘Farewell, and do not wholly forget me when I’m gone’ were the words Beethoven wrote in his Heiligenstadt Testament, the poignant and determined letter written just as the composer had become reconciled to living with constant and incurable deafness.

Beethoven’s life is the stuff of romantic legend – the solitary creator shaking his fist at fate.

His music, revolutionary yet characterised by humanity and dramatic power, remains universally appealing and his ‘Prometheus’ ballet music was one of his first great successes.

Although Beethoven might not have approved of the title ‘Emperor’, it certainly does justice to the stature of his magnificent Fifth Piano Concerto, which will be performed by the exceptional Daniel Lebhardt.

And finally, with its famous ‘fate knocking at the door’ motif, has any symphony so thoroughly entered the popular consciousness as Beethoven’s Fifth?

The young Hungarian conductor, Gergely Madaras, is sure to draw out every bit of power and drama from this iconic work.

The concert is preceded at 6:30pm by Gergely Madaras in conversation.

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.5, ‘Emperor’

BEETHOVEN Prometheus: Overture

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5


VENUE: King George’s Hall, Northgate, Blackburn, Lancashire. BB2 1AA

DATE: Friday 13th March 2020

TIME: 7:30pm (In conversation begins at 6:30pm)

TICKET PRICES: Start from £16 with special full-time student tickets at just £3

(Student tickets only available from the box office)

Tickets for the Pre-concert Talk cost £3 and include a complimentary drink.


Tickets are available:

Online here

By Phone: 01254 582579

In Person: King George’s Hall Box Office, Northgate, Blackburn. BB2 1AA

Box Office Opening Hours: Monday to Friday – 10am- 5pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm

Images: Gergely Madaras (Credit: Marco Borggreve) & Daniel Lebhardt (Credit: Kaupo Kikkas)

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