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Story added 2nd Sep 2019



Happy Birthday Beethoven

The year 2020 marks Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

Here at City Lit we have a number of courses and concerts to celebrate this important composer and to explore the developments he contributed to our story of Western classical music. In fact, Beethoven is so important to the story of classical music that Classic FM describe him as “arguably the defining figure in the history of Western music.”


Music History Courses featuring Beethoven

(Click here to see the full Music History Programme)


Concerts at City Lit featuring Beethoven

Please stay in touch with our termly concerts calendar at City Lit as several of our concerts this year will feature works by Beethoven. Dedicated Beethoven events include:

  • Thu 28 Nov, 1pm: Lunchtime recital Gary Preston (piano) Beethoven: Hammerklavier Sonata. Recital Room (101)
  • Sunday 8 Dec: Beethoven Piano Society of Europe: Senior Competition, at City Lit. Entry to the performances is open to the general public
  • Tues 4 February: Pauline Greene runs a special City Lit students’ event at Wigmore Hall including pre-concert talk, guided tour and recital by the Kuss Quartet, playing Beethoven Opp. 135 & 131, and Bruno Mantovani Quartet No 6 “Beethoveniana”
  • Tues 18 February, 5pm: City Lit hosts a concert by The Beethoven Piano Society of Europe ( which is part of their year-long presentation of all Beethoven’s piano sonatas. This concert will feature City Lit piano students alongside visiting performers