Spend a choral evening in the company of Beethoven and Bernstein at Peterborough Cathedral

February 19, 2020

Peterborough Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir and Festival Chorus will join forces with Peterborough Choral Society and Peterborough Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday 21 March for a unique performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

The concert is being held to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 1770. The Ninth Symphony was the final complete symphony that Beethoven wrote, and was first performed in 1824. It is best known for its fourth and final movement, the stirring ‘Ode to Joy’ – one of the most beloved pieces of music in history. Pushing the boundaries in using choral forces in an orchestral form, this Beethoven masterpiece performed in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral will be something not to be missed.

Bernstein’s inspiring Chichester Psalms was premiered in 1965 as part of that year’s Southern Cathedrals Festival. The piece contains text from a variety of Psalms and is performed in Hebrew. Bernstein’s website describes it as ‘a magically unique blend of Biblical Hebrew verse and Christian choral tradition; a musical depiction of the composer’s hope for brotherhood and peace’.

Tickets are either £15, £20 or £25 (unreserved seating) and are available here – https://bit.ly/37mIyN0. Book soon so as not to miss out on this extraordinary spectacle.