Lockdown Beethoven

Hallam Sinfonia & Ellie Slorach
Group type: Orchestras
  • Wednesday 22 July
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Celebrating Beethoven 250 in lockdown - Hallam Sinfonia performs the finale of the Fifth Symphony

Hallam Sinfonia has just released a video recording of the last movement of Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony. Undeterred by lockdown, which prevented players from meeting and playing together, individuals recorded their parts at home. These were then put together by conductor Ellie Slorach, who had been due to appear with the orchestra in its June concert.

The orchestra had a total of three events cancelled in March, one being a collaboration with Hallam Choral Society, where Ellie was formerly Musical Director. Further concerts in May and June were also inevitably cancelled. Morale remained buoyant however and there was an enthusiastic response to the idea of a recording.

The choice of Beethoven was an easy one, in the year celebrating the 250thanniversary of the composer’s birth. The orchestra had been collaborating with Music in the Round and their resident musicians in Ensemble 360 for a ‘Come and Play’ event for Music in the Round on 22nd March. Over 80 people, of all ages and levels of experience, had registered to play Beethoven 5 alongside Hallam players and players from Ensemble 360. So here is the orchestra’s alternative contribution to the Beethoven celebrations.

As lockdown gradually eases, the committee is looking closely at future options – watch this space! Meanwhile, the recording is now available at https://youtu.be/SvPDwX6dvIA. Jeremy Dawson, orchestra chair, comments ‘Although many ensembles have released videos during this lockdown period, very few have attempted a whole movement from a major symphony. This life-enhancing finale is full of energy and optimism. We hope that listening to it will lift the spirits of many people as it did for the players involved in this project’.


Hallam Sinfonia (orchestra) and Ellie Slorach (conductor and technical adviser)


  • Beethoven: Symphony no.5 - finale Allegro

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