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Explore Beethoven - Musical Creativity and Deafness

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A morning of talks and performances exploring Beethoven’s life as a deaf musician and composer.

Explore Beethoven investigates the links between musical creativity and deafness, untangles some of the myths, and explores how his ground-breaking music changed the relationship between composer and performer.

Find out more about what it might have been like to be deaf in Beethoven’s time from Paul Whittaker OBE, who will also talk about his own experiences as a deaf musician. Hear how Beethoven expanded the emotional world of chamber music from SCO Violinist Gordon Bragg, and enjoy performances by a SCO String Quartet.


10.00-10.30am - Refreshments

10.30-11.30am - Beethoven and Deafness with Paul Whittaker

11.30-11.45am - Refreshments

11.45am-12.35pm - Illustrated talk with performance with Gordon Bragg and the SCO String Quartet

12.35-1.05pm - SCO String Quartet Performance

1.05-1.15pm - Closing Remarks

Refreshments are included in the ticket price.

The SCO celebrates Beethoven’s 250th anniversary throughout the 19/20 season.


There is a loop system in the hall where the event is taking place. All talks and panel discussions will be BSL-interpreted.

Additional access information can be found on the Scottish Chamber Orchestra website.
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