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Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Bonn Beethovenfest

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									                         Harry Christophers                                                                                        Beethovenfest’s aim is
                                                                                                                                   to restore Beethoven’s
                         and the Sixteen                                                                                           music to the people,
                                                                                                                                   after the way it was
                         Celebrating their 30th                                                                                     hijacked by politicians
                                                                                                                           Mark Padmore
                                                                                                                                         during much of
                         Anniversary in 2009                                                                                             the last century


                              009 is a year of significant musical anniv-     ate confines of the                                                      hile Sir Simon Rattle and his
                         2    ersaries - not only those of Handel, Haydn,     Picture Gallery it felt                                         W        Berlin Philharmonic Orch-
Photo: Marco Borggreve




                         Purcell, Mendelssohn and James MacMillan,            like being blessed!                                             estra were wowing audiences at the
                         but also the thirtieth anniversary of The Sixteen.       The Sixteen’s third                                         Proms, we shouldn’t forget that there
                         To celebrate this extraordinary year, The Six-       season as Associate                                            are several “other” orchestras active in
                         teen is undertaking an ambitious season of           Artists of Southbank                                           the German capital. At the beginning
                         concerts in the UK and abroad; focusing on           Centre ends on 12                                              of September I was over there, checking
                         three of these particular composers, with            May with a celebratory performance of                  out one of them, the Konzerthausorchester
                         corresponding releases on their record label         Handel’s Dixit Dominus but before that there           Berlin, as it prepares for a major tour of
                         CORO.                                                will be a Christmas concert of early English           England next spring.
                             The launch of their celebrations on 17           secular and sacred carols on 12 December and               Formerly renowned as the Berlin Symph-
                         September took place at the Foundling Mus-           the London Choral Pilgrimage performance               ony Orchestra, it renamed itself in order to be
                         eum, a fascinating place, rich in history, rest-     on 17 March. The Sixteen return to the                 identified more closely with the wonderful
                         ored to former glory and decorated with lovely       Barbican on 3 December for a performance of            performing venue which is its home. After
                         portraits. Of course it also has a                   Messiah. Also at the Barbican they perform             extensive fire damage the Konzerthaus, origin-
                         strong Handel connection, housing                    Handel’s popular oratorio Samson on 12                 ally built as a theatre, 
								
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