Summer in the Square: Double Beethoven

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Summer in the Square: Double Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Concerto in D
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No.5
Simon Over Conductor
Ruth Rogers violin

Four concerts. Three days. Welcome to our first Summer in the Square festival.

Summer in the Square is a three-day long festival encompassing some incredible classical music performances from our fellowship musicians and special guests that will take you across the varied landscapes of Europe, from Ravel’s unique French approach, to the classic and timeless stylings of Mozart and Beethoven.

In “normal times”, Southbank Sinfonia travels to Anghiari every July for a week-long festival in the glorious Italian sunshine. We may not be able to travel to our home away from home this year, but we still want to bring a slice of Italian sun to central London this July.

Connecting people through music is our goal, so we invite you to join us at St John’s Smith Square for this very special festival.


We're excited to welcome back esteemed soloist, Ruth Rogers, to the stage to perform Beethoven's magnificent Violin Concerto in D. 1806 was a year of extraordinary productivity for Beethoven. In addition to the Violin Concerto, this year also saw the creation of his Fourth Piano Concerto, the three Razumovsky String Quartets, and the Leonore Overture No.3. Today, alongside other highly popular violin concertos from the likes of Brahms and Mendelssohn, Beethoven's Violin Concerto is eloquent, thrilling and rich with memorable melodies. 

Talking of memorable melodies, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is perhaps the most famous in the Western canon. From the opening da da da daaaaaaaaa to the rousing finale, this symphony is iconic in its own right. Beethoven started sketches for this symphony in 1804, although the symphony was not fully finished until 1808. Both of these works were written in the same period and therefore share some of Beethoven's best traits - boldness, sensitivity and thrill. 


Summer in the Square Festival: Concert Dates and Times

Friday 23rd July | 7pm | £15

Saturday 24th July | 1pm | £10

Saturday 24th July | 7pm | £15

Sunday 25th July | 3pm |£15

Festival Pass | £40 - Join us at all four concerts and receive a discount on your tickets!


Tickets are ONLY available online and must be booked in advance. Booking closes two hours before the performances start time. Unfortunately, we will not be able to admit anyone who hasn't booked in advance.

If you are unable to book online or have any issues booking, please call the St John's Smith Square Box Office helpline on: 020 7222 1061 (please note that this line is only operated on Mondays and Thursdays between 2pm-5pm).  


We may not be able to be in Anghiari in person this year, but we can be virtually! We will be livestreaming all concerts in our Summer in the Square Festival for our Friends over in Anghiari, and you can tune in too! These concerts will be available as an online livestream on this event page on the day of the performance. Booking is not required to watch this concert as a free livestream, but you can donate to our work supporting talented young musicians here.

This concert is currently being sold as a socially distanced concert. However, all being well, after the government announcement on Monday 12th July, we hope to be given the green light to return to full capacity. If this happens, we will make more tickets available and look forward to the possibility of welcoming a full audience! Please keep an eye out for further details.

Tickets £15
Booking fee may apply
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