West Road Concert Hall
Sat 2 May
Cambridge University Musical Society

Beethoven at 250

Cambridge University Orchestra

Michael Boyle New Work (world premiere)
Beethoven Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No.7

Cambridge University Orchestra
Thomas Gould violin/director
Joel Sandelson conductor

Shall we dance? Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was described by Wagner, no less, as "all tumult, all yearning and storming of the heart, become here the blissful insolence of joy, which carries us away with bacchanalian power through the roomy space of nature, through all the streams and seas of life, shouting in glad self-consciousness as we sound throughout the universe the daring strains of this human sphere-dance. The Symphony is the Apotheosis of the Dance itself: it is Dance in its highest aspect, the loftiest deed of bodily motion, incorporated into an ideal mould of tone." Most commentary, both contemporary and thereafter, describes the bacchanalian fervour of Beethoven’s Symphony No.7, and leading Cambridge University Orchestra in this merry dance is violinist extraordinaire Thomas Gould. Gould turns soloist in Beethoven’s solitary violin concerto—a piece not well received upon its premiere, but now considered one of the finest masterpieces of the genre—and CUMS Composer in Residence 2018-19 Michael Boyle celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a brand-new work, written especially for the orchestra.


Sat 2 May at 8:00pm


110 minutes


West Road Concert Hall


£20, £14, £10 Concessions: £18, £12, £8 Students and under-18s: £6

West Road Concert Hall is one of Cambridge's premier music venues. Ideally situated only minutes' walk from the famous Cambridge Backs and King's College, it is renowned for its superb acoustic qualities.

Please note there is restricted viewing from some of the balcony seating.


Three wheelchair spaces are available in the concert hall with easy access at ground floor level throughout the building.

The main entrance to the venue has a double width door, with a push button for automatic opening.



West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road
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