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Inside Beethoven at Printworks

Thu 23 March 2023
Press Halls at Printworks
6pm, 9pm

Aurora Orchestra, Nwando Ebizie and Southbank Centre team up with iconic electronic music venue Printworks to present a completely new take on the greatest symphony ever written.

Following sold-out debut performances at in 2021, Aurora Orchestra returns to the legendary Press Halls at Printworks London, formerly the site of Europe’s largest printing presses and now one of the UK’s best-known electronic music venues. Aurora combines the potential of an orchestra playing from memory with the vast scale of Printworks to give a uniquely immersive experience of Beethoven’s mighty Fifth Symphony.

With the orchestra ‘exploded’ across the space, listeners are able to experience the music from inside, getting up close to instrumentalists as they perform in ways that would be impossible in a concert hall. Also exploded in time, movements of the symphony will be interspersed with sound and light installations, enabling audience members to uncover the secrets of the building and choose their own path through this great work. Whether you’ve never experienced an orchestral concert or have loved this symphony all your life this event will offer a completely fresh and revelatory take on Beethoven’s music.

Co-presented with Southbank Centre, these special performances are co-curated by multi-disciplinary artist Nwando Ebizie, who has created new music to frame the movements of the symphony. The events feature three-dimensional ‘acoustic shell’ audio reinforcement provided by leading German specialists d&b audiotechnik, making it possible for the orchestra to perform across a much larger space would normally be possible, whilst retaining immersive sound that is natural, harmonious, enveloping and emotionally engaging.

Please note: this is a standing event with seating only available for those with special access requirements. If you will need a seat or have any concerns about access please email the Printworks access team at Venue rules mean that there are age restrictions on these events – you must be 16+ to attend this event or 14+ if accompanied by an adult (ie children under 14 are unfortunately not able to attend).

Aurora’s performance at Printworks is kindly supported by the Royal Philharmonic Society Audience Fund in association with the Rachel Baker Memorial Charity, and Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation.

Nwando Ebizie’s commission is kindly supported by the Arts Council England.