Beethoven Turns Heads for Festival Finale

Beethoven himself made an appearance at The Bridgewater Hall on Friday 28 June to witness the end of a year-long festival dedicated to his music.

An audience of over 1300 absorbed the spirit of the occasion, wearing Beethoven masks to pose for a celebratory picture ahead of a memorable night in which the RNCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performed the composer’s mighty Ninth Symphony.

Conducted by Mark Shanahan with guest singers Linda Richardson, Ann Taylor, Barry Banks and Andrew Greenan (all RNCM alumni), the concert – which also included Tim Garland’s Double Concerto for cello and saxophone – drew to a close the College’s Ludwig van festival, which had formed an integral part of the RNCM’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

And the celebrations didn’t stop there. The day proved even more unforgettable for the College as more than 200 former students made a welcome return for a special Alumni Reunion. 

2 July 2013