11:00 AM / 9:00 PM


Angela Burgess Recital Hall, Duke’s Hall | Royal Academy of Music

Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London, NW1 5HT

Beethoven & the Cello - The Revolutionary and Romantic

The London Cello Society celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a programme devoted to his works for cello and the context which gave birth to the modern cello sonata as we know it—a true partner to the keyboard. Beethoven’s revolutionary and romantic spirit is very much alive in these works and we can follow his evolution as a composer through their pag es. Join us for a first-class line-up of period instrument players and lecturers whose insights will make for an enriching day and evening.

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Roel Dieltiens
Philip Higham
Sarah McMahon
Robin Michael
Johannes Rostamo


Catherine Manson


Alasdair Beatson
Daniel Tong


David Watkin


Trio Goya
Consone Quartet

Special Guest

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

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Schedule of Events

MorningIn the Angela Burgess Recital Hall
11.00 amFrom Vienna to Berlin and the court of King Frédéric the Great

Opening talk
Beethoven Trio, op 1 no 3
Duport – Sonata, op 1 no 3
Beethoven – Sonata in F major, op 5 no 1
With David Watkin, Trio Goya, Sarah McMahon, Philip Higham and Alasdair Beatson

12.15 pmA Masterclass on playing Beethoven, the Duport Treatise and other gems
With David Watkin and with the participation of Hugh Mackay, Royal Academy of Music
1.15 pmLunch
& Evening
In the Duke’s Hall
2.30 pmAfternoon Concert

Beethoven – Sonata in G minor, op 5 no 2
Beethoven – ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata, op 47 arr. for String Quintet

Tea break

Beethoven – Sonata in A major, op 69
With Johannes Rostamo, Simon Crawford- Phillips, Consone Quartet and Robin Michael, Roel Dieltiens and Alasdair Beatson

4.30 pmSir John Eliot Gardiner, interviewed by Robin Michael
5.15 pmRoyal Academy of Music—The Cello in Beethoven’s time
Works by Beethoven and Duport
With students of the Royal Academy of Music
5.45 pmBreak
7.15 pmEvening Concert

Beethoven – Sonata in C major, op 102 no 1
Beethoven – Sonata in D major, op 102 no 2
Beethoven – ‘Archduke’ Trio, op 97

With Sarah McMahon, Robin Michael, Daniel Tong, Catherine Manson and Alasdair Beatson

8.40 pmEvent Ends
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