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International Concert Series: BBC NOW, WNO Orchestra & St David's Hall present Beethoven: The 1808 Concert

Gwasgwch yma i ddarllen y wybodaeth yn Gymraeg / Press here to read this info in Welsh.  

Concert No 7
(in subscription package)    

This concert will be broadcast LIVE on BBC Radio 3,  latecomers may not be admitted.  Please allow sufficient time for your journey.

 Conductor  Carlo Rizzi
 Soloist  Steven Osborne, Piano
 Soprano  Alwyn Mellor
 Presenter  Hannah French
 BBC National Chorus of Wales
 Beethoven  Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’ 
 Beethoven  Ah! perfido
 Beethoven  Gloria, from the Mass in C major 
 Beethoven   Piano Concerto No. 4                                                

(Interval - circa 6pm - 7.30pm) 

 Conductor  Jaime Martin
 Soloist  Llŷr Williams, Piano
 Presenter  Hannah French
 Beethoven  Symphony No. 5
 Beethoven  Sanctus, from the Mass in C
 Beethoven  Fantasia for solo piano
 Beethoven  Choral Fantasy for piano, chorus and orchestra

This unmissable performance will reconstruct the historic Beethoven Benefit Concert given in Vienna in December 1808. Over the course of four hours on a freezing night at the Theatre an der Wien all but his dramatic aria ‘Ah Perfido’ received first performances. This wonderful retrospective brings a wealth of international talent to present some of Beethoven’s most iconic music, including the most famous symphonic opening ever written. This Beethoven spectacular will be an event to remember.  

Pictures below (left to right): Carlo Rizzi, Steven Osborne, Alwyn Mellor, Jaime Martin (Photo: Chris Dunlop) & Llŷr Williams (Photo: Sussie Ahlburg)  



FILM SCREENING: In Search of Beethoven
11.30am - 1.50pm | Lefel 1
In Search of Beethoven addresses the romantic myth that Beethoven was a heroic, tormented figure battling to overcome his tragic fate of deafness and who searched for his ‘immortal beloved’ but remained unmarried. It delves beyond the image of the tortured, bad-tempered, unhinged personality, to reveal someone quite different and far more interesting.  Event is free but ticketed. 

PRE-CONCERT TALK: Discover More – Beethoven, Wine and the musical ideas behind the 1808 concert
3pm - 3.45pm | Lefel 1

In a Discover More special, BBC NOW Discovery Guide, Dr Jon James meets American wine and music expert, Ron Merlino. 

To open, Ron Merlino investigates Beethoven’s close relationship with wine, in particular making connections between the wine he drank and the Viennese vineyards he knew with his epic, middle-period works. Following this composer insight, Jon James takes a look at the monumental 1808 concert in Vienna organised by Beethoven himself, and discusses the musical ideas that bind it together. 

Limited seats available, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

LIVE ON RADIO 3: Hannah French presents interval features live on Radio 3 including: 
Dueling Pianos with Zoe Rahman & David Rees Williams
Circa 6.30pm - 7pm | Level 3 

INTERVAL TALK: Geraint Lewis - Noson Fawr Beethoven (Beethoven’s Big Night) 
Welsh language event 
Circa 6.50pm - 7.20pm | St Asaph Room  

International Concert Series Bookstall will be on Level 3, provided by Griffin Books, Penarth.


With a mouth-watering afternoon of captivating classical music in store stretching across more than four hours, you’re bound to build up an appetite. 

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Wally’s Delicatessen in Cardiff’s Morgan Quarter arcade to offer you a delicious range of Beethoven supper boxes to span the 90-minute interval. 

Available as a great value addition to your concert-going experience, Wally’s Deli Supper Boxes cost just £9 in choices of Cheese and Meat / Cheese. Please click here for Platter make-up and allergen information.  

These delicious Supper Boxes are only available if ordered in advance so please call the Box Office on 029 2087 8444 or book here before Tuesday 14 January 2020 to secure yours – early booking advised. 

*Please redeem your Supper Box vouchers at Level 3 and Level 5 bars. 


 Standard Price  £10.00  Tier 5 
(rear view of the stage and limited legroom)
   £15.00  Tiers 9 & 13, 10 & 12
   £22.00 Tiers 9 & 13 
   £29.00  Tiers, 3, 4, 6 & 7, Tiers 10 & 12 (front)
Front of Side Stalls
   £36.00 Side Stalls, Tier 11 (middle), Front of Centre Stalls 
   £43.00 Centre Stalls, Tiers 1, 2 & 8, Tier 11 (front) Aisle Seats Side Stalls 
 Children Under 16 (Tickets offered subject to availability) FREE with every full price paying adult.  Additional child's ticket - £5.00 each
 Platinum Tickets (including prime seat in Tier 1, a glass of Prosecco and a programme.  NB Only applicable on top price ticket) £51.50
 Friends of St David's Hall | Claimants £2.00 off full price ticket
 Students or Under 26 Years
(up until 6.30pm on the day of the performance)
Tiers 10 & 12 and side stalls only.  Student ID must be produced on collection of tickets.
 Over 65s 10% off
 Disabled people plus one companion Half Price
 Wheelchair users plus one companion (please contact Box Office on 02920 878444) £10.00 each ticket
 Groups of 10 or more (please contact Box Office on 02920 878444) Early Bird - 
book and pay before Saturday 7 September
£3.00 off full price ticket, £1.50
after this date.
 Groups of 20 or more (please contact Box Office on 02920 878444) Early Bird - 
book and pay before Saturday 7 September
£4.00 off full price ticket, £2.50 after
this date

Plus an optional £1.50 postage fee.
For Hynt tickets, please contact Box Office on 02920 878444. Limited availability – please book early to avoid disappointment.

*Please note, concessions not available on Platinum or introductory tickets.
**Only one discount may apply to each ticket and proof of entitlement is required upon ticket collection. 

For more information about tickets, parking, etc, please click here.

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  • You can save up to 30% on your tickets and, if you book now, you can pay over six months (interest free), making your money go even further
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  • A Subscribers Discount Card
  • Buy additional tickets now, or nearer the time, for friends and family at your subscription discount rate
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  • An invitation to our party on the opening night of the season
  • Two FREE lunchtime concerts of your choice
  • A discount card entitling you to 10% off hot drinks and snacks in the Gin Lounge and bars.
  • The biggest full season subscription discount we have ever offered, making
    enjoying all the concerts even more affordable
  • A whole year of superb concert going to look forward to!
    10% 10% 10% 15% 15% 20% 20% 20% 25%  30%
  No of concerts 10 11 12  13
Price   Seating area                    
£10.00  Tier 5
Top corners of tiers 9 & 13
when Tier 5 is not on sale
£36.00 £45.00 £54.00 £59.50 £68.00 £72.00 £80.00 £88.00 £90.00 £91.00
£15.00  Tiers 9 &
13 outer edges,
Tiers 10
& 12, 9
& 13
£54.00 £67.50 £81.00 £89.25 £102.00 £108.00 £120.00 £132.00 £135.00 £136.50
£22.00 Tiers 9
& 13
£80.00 £100.00 £118.80 £130.90 £149.60 £158.40 £176.00 £193.60 £198.00 £200.20
£29.00 Tiers 3,4,
6 & 7,
Tiers 10 & 12(front), Front of Side Stalls
Edges of side stalls –
stage Left. Tier 11 Upper section
£104.40 £130.50 £156.60 £172.55 £197.20 £208.80 £232.00 £255.20 £261.00 £263.90
£36.00 Side Stalls, Tier 11 (middle),
Front of Centre Stalls
£129.60 £162.00 £194.40 £214.20 £244.80 £259.20 £288.00 £316.80 £324.00 £327.60
£43.00 Centre Stalls, Tiers 1,2 & 8, Tier 11 (front), Aisle Seats Side Stalls £154.80 £193.50 £232.20 £255.85 £292.40 £309.60 £344.00 £378.40 £387.00 £391.30
£51.50 Platinum Ticket*
- Tier 1 front)

£185.40 £231.75 £278.10 £306.42 £350.20 £370.80 £412.00 £453.20 £463.50 £468.65

Please book via Box office on 02920 878444.
*Concessions not applicable on Platinum tickets

 14.30   Bars open
 16.00 - 18.00   START - WNO Concert
 18.00 - 19.30  Interval
 19.30 - 21.15  BBC NOW Concert
 21.15  FINISH                                                                 

PLEASE NOTE: Running times are approximate and supplied for guidance only.  They may be subject to change.