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The Beethoven Society was founded in 1888 and has met without a break since then. The Society gives classical music concerts in aid of both local and national charities. We do not purely perform works by Beethoven; rather the name is kept as a tribute to the long and illustrious history of the orchestra.  We are a group of musicians dedicated to playing good music, enjoying ourselves, and helping to raise money for charities at the same time.

Please come and support us, see the About Us page to see Maps of our usual rehearsal and concert venues. If you've never been to our concerts before, come and try something different for free. If you have, we hope you enjoyed our concerts and will keep supporting us.

We currently have vacancies for string players. If you are interested please contact us by telephoning our Membership Secretaries, Joan and Rosalind Corser, on 01706 378973 or Contact Us


Manchester Beethoven Orchestra Play Day, Saturday 7th October 2017

String players, whether experienced, late learners, or ‘rusty’, are invited to take part in our next play day which will be held in the church hall at St Clement’s, Urmston (M41 9JZ) on Saturday, October 7th, 10 am to 5 pm. The fee is only £5 which will include light refreshments. We ask participants to bring a music stand, if possible, and a packed lunch. The main work will be Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (The Unfinished). If you would like to take part or to get further information, please contact the conductor, Frank Lennon on 0161 227 8207.

Saturday 11th November 2017, 7:30pm
Holy Innocents Church
Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield. M14 6JZ

An evening of French music. Roussel’s first symphony which is, in fact, a series of tone poems called Le Poeme de la Foret, will be the opening piece. Many critics view Roussel as one of France’s finest symphonists and this work testifies to that claim. It is a tuneful, colourful and atmospheric piece in which aspects of the forest in each of the four seasons are portrayed. Listeners may note that some of the harmonies which Roussel employed are reminiscent of his contemporary, Debussy. This impression – one might say impressionism - will be confirmed immediately afterwards when the orchestra performs Debusssy’s Rhapsody for Saxophone and Orchestra, a piece which one writer has called ‘exotic and adventurous.’ The second half of the concert will be devoted to Bizet’s ever-popular L’Arlessiene Suites, a collection of musical items he had written for a play of the same name.  The play has disappeared from the repertoire but not, thankfully, this delightful music.


Bizet, L’Arlesienne Suites

Debussy, Rhapsody for Sax and Orchestra

Roussel, Le Poeme de la Foret (Symphony No. 1)


Lizzie Hoskin



Hannah Corcoran



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6 October 2017




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