Classic Notes, with Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
Anna Brosnan.

The world of music has many former child prodigies to its name, not least Ludwig Van Beethoven, who is believed to have delivered his first public performance in Cologne, 1778, at the age of just seven.

Centuries later, Beethoven is still remembered today for his turbulent life story, struggles with deafness and, most significantly, the incredible piano and orchestral pieces he created demonstrating a talent which was arguably ahead of his time.

Remembering Beethoven’s brilliance will very much be the focus of a concert to be performed at Milton Keynes Theatre on Saturday at 7.30pm. Entitled Just Beethoven, the concert will include performances of the composer’s Fidelio Overture, his Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major and Symphony in E flat major (Eroica), by Milton Keynes City Orchestra. The conductor will be Hilary Davan Wetton and soloist Cordelia Williams.

Ticket prices range from £10 to £34. For booking details, see

Just a reminder that there are a number of noteworthy concerts coming up at Stowe School in the coming weeks, including performances by the Rebecca Nash Trio on Wednesday at 7pm (tickets £8) and an evening of piano music inspired by dance, entitled ‘Music and Dance - from gavotte to fox-trot’ by Oksana King, on Wednesday, January 29 at 7pm (tickets cost £8). Oksana’s programme will include Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G Major and Beethoven’s Six Ecossaises in E flat major. See for booking information regarding these and other concerts.