During our 2019-2020 concert season, the Northern Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Ludwig Van Beethoven was born in December 1770 in Bonn, Germany. Our Artistic Director, Nicholas Ward, has programmed several of the great composers works throughout our season, including two concerts at Christ Church in West Didsbury, Manchester, that cover early, middle-period and late quartets to be performed by our string soloists. For more information and to book for the remaining concerts of the series, see the links below.

Northern Chamber Orchestra soloists
NCO Soloists, Macclesfield Heritage Centre, Saturday 18 April 2020 7.30pm

Northern Chamber Orchestra Soloists

Saturday 18 April 2020, 7.30pm
The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield

Beethoven String Quartet in B flat op 130/133
Beethoven Septet

Beethoven’s String Quartet op 130, played in the original version with the massive and notorious Grosse Fuge as finale, is the most substantial of the late great quartets. The Septet is one of Beethoven’s most successful and popular works – an uplifting piece of music that is rewarding and enjoyable for the musicians and audience alike.


Northern Chamber Orchestra Soloists
Northern Chamber Orchestra Soloists, Christ Church, West Didsbury, Manchester, Friday 24 April 2020 7.30pm

Northern Chamber Orchestra Soloists

Christ Church, West Didsbury, Manchester
Friday 24 April 2020, 7.30pm

Beethoven Quartet in A op 18 no 5 | Janacek Quartet no 1 Kreutzer Sonata | Beethoven Quartet in E flat op 127

Continuing NCO’s Beethoven 250 celebrations we have two of his string quartets set off by one of Janacek’s masterpieces from his old age. Op 18 no 5 in A is very much a homage to Mozart and specifically his own quartet in A K464. Op 127 in E flat, first of his late quartets, has an imposing opening, stretching the sonority of four string players.


Anthony Marwood (violin) with the Northern Chamber Orchestra
Anthony Marwood (violin), Macclesfield & Manchester, Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 May 2020

Anthony Marwood (violin)

The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield Saturday 16 May 2020 7.30pm
The Stoller Hall, Manchester, Sunday 17 May 2020 3pm

James Manson New Commission | Haydn Symphony no 101 in D major The Clock | Beethoven Violin Concerto op 61

Superb British violinist Anthony Marwood is equally at home playing the great concertos, chamber music and pioneering new works. We eagerly await his interpretation of Beethoven’s Olympian Violin Concerto.