The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra joins the worldwide celebrations marking Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020 with a series of concerts and events.

Calling musicians of all ages and skill levels who love Beethoven!

This is your chance to join Ludwig’s birthday celebrations in a community play-in – Beethoven’s Big Birthday Bash.

For this special event, community and student musicians will work together with their APO counterparts to create
a mass community orchestra and choir performing selected extracts from the Ninth Symphony, led by Giordano

Music has been specially arranged by APO Communities Composer Ryan Youens so that everyone can join in.

The day's activities will be live-streamed to the Digital Stage, Aotea Square.


2.00pm                              Orchestra players arrive, register and find their seats

2.15pm                               Welcome from Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

2.20pm                               Orchestra rehearsal starts (Beethoven Symphony No.5)

2.30pm                               Choir arrives

3.00pm                              Orchestra & Choir rehearsal (Beethoven Symphony No. 9)

4.15pm – 5.00pm            Performance


Conductor Giordano Bellincampi
Arrangements Ryan Youens

Image Adrian Malloch

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