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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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