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Liberating the classical music experience.  Help us set-off a chain-reaction of music and talk for entertainment that counts.
Liberating the classical music experience.  Help us set-off a chain-reaction of music and talk for entertainment that counts.
Liberating the classical music experience. Help us set-off a chain-reaction of music and talk for entertainment that counts.
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We've made it! THANK YOU!! Everything we get over the target will help us move this project onwards & upwards!!

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We have some new delicious, organic, sugar free, artisan chocolate rewards for people who might not be able to come to the concert but would like to support us. We still have some hours left and every little bit we get over our target will help us move this project onwards & upwards!!

What are we up to?

More than an orchestra of some of the best musicians in the UK, the Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity is a new kind of concert experience where we weave music and a provocative talk around a topical issue that all we're dealing with today. 

We're performing in intimate venues with limited seating in order that everyone can see, hear and feel inside the sound and to complete this we're inviting the audience to be completely free from any classical conventions that tell you where and when not to clap.

It's a big melting pot where one element plays off another and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

For our opening event we're thrilled to announce that Francesca Martinez, comedian, activist and writer, is our guest speaker:

She'll be speaking about climate change and social responsibility and we'll be playing music from Beethoven and other composers that relates - either on themes of nature (Beethoven's incredible Pastoral Symphony), society (Górecki Symphony of Sorrowful Songs Part 2) and humanity (Beethoven's Leonora and Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras). 

We're kickstarting for £10,000 to launch a series of events starting with our first concert on Monday, 8 February 2016! Our opening night will give us the platform from which to build our future. Putting on each concert involves a unique venue, 40 musicians, guest speaker and much more, so on a straight profit sheet it's totally uneconomical.

So why bother?

We want to do more than bring the sheer power and beauty of classical orchestral music to a new audience. We've designed the Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity from the ground up to create a visceral, multi-layered experience that makes a meaningful impact for audience and musicians alike.

This means conjuring up an environment where the music can speak most powerfully and directly to today's audiences.

Launch Concert

"BOH does Climate Change"

A short talk by comedian, activist and writer Francesca Martinez

With music that relates from Beethoven, Górecki and Villa-Lobos

Date: 8pm, Monday Feb 8, 2016
Venue: Menier Chocolate Factory Studio, London Bridge 

Music in full:
Górecki: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs / 2nd Movement
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 / Aria
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral'Leonora Overture No. 3 

Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity
Leader: Katie Stillman
Soprano: April Fredrick
Conductor: Michael Alexander Young

So what's new?

It's all in the mix, but in particular three things: 

The Talks

Music doesn’t exist inside a vacuum. It lives inside the times in which we live. Often we use music to 'escape' our lives. Here we get right into it with a talk on an issue that we're all involved in and that sets the tone and context for the night. The music will live inside this.

The Audience

We want the audience to be central to the experience. The music we'll be playing has soul, depth, power, beauty, shock, wit, brains, all of it. Except there are unspoken rules governing classical music concerts that tell you when and when not to respond, so we're throwing that out the window.

The Space

There's nothing like the immediacy of being up-close to an orchestra of musicians playing their hearts out, bringing thrilling music to life, in the moment. Most concerts put the orchestra separate from the audience and the further back you are the less you see and hear. The less you see and hear, the less you feel. At the Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity we want the audience to experience everything. No falling asleep in the first half here!

Why Beethoven?

Beethoven literally transformed music, tore up the rule book in the process and made it reveal both who we are and who we can be; he was possibly the greatest humanitarian in all art. As Tom Service put it so well, in any moment of Beethoven there’s the sense that everything is possible. We like that.

P.S. We won’t only be playing Beethoven!

Who we are


A collective of like-minded musicians and entrepreneurs who believe that when the best classical music is played as it should be, with raw passion and total commitment, it hits the sweet spot of depth and accessibility and is truly life-changing stuff. It's for everybody and we want to get it out there. And at the same time, we think it can make the world a better place, especially when placed at the heart of the conversations that are shaping the times we live in. 

For the full team click here.

Risks and challenges

This is a brand new initiative and - as far as we know - has never been been attempted in this way before.

One risk we're taking in particular is that we're challenging the very idea of what a classical concert can be and this could alienate as many as it draws. Still, we feel this is a risk worth taking.

Finally, while many of us have produced, directed or played in an orchestra before, it's our first time Kickstarting and doing something so unorthodox. It's an exciting and scary place to be in at the same time.

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    There are no more seats left at this price range, so we've commissioned bespoke BOH Coasters with our Beethoven-head logo to enjoy your tea or coffee with.

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    Includes one ticket to the launch concert, plus you will be kept up to date on the life of the BOH with information sent about concerts and future plans. You will also have access to our images for your screensaver and our exclusive Spotify playlist!

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    BOH Chocolate Reward (No Seat)

    There are no more seats left at this price range, so we've commissioned special bespoke Beethoven Chocolate Hearts!

    Just like the BOH, they're made with raw passion and commitment using only the FINEST organic ingredients...

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    Become a Friend of BOH (inc. 1 seat)

    Includes reserved seating in the best seats in the theatre, your name will be credited on our first programme plus be kept up to date on the life of the BOH with information sent about concerts and future plans. Of course this also includes access to our images for your screensaver and exclusive Spotify playlist!

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    Become a Close Friend of BOH!

    Your name will be credited on our programmes and website. Reserved seating in the best seats in the theatre, Receive a beautiful BOH coaster to remember us every time you sit down with a cup of tea!

    Also includes being kept up to date on the life of the BOH with information on concerts and future plans. Gain access to our images for your screensaver and exclusive Spotify playlist.

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    Become a Friend with Benefits of BOH!

    Includes all the benefits of a close friend plus you will sponsor a musician's seat! You will receive an invitation to the post concert reception where you can meet them and get to know everyone involved in creating the BOH.

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    Become a Patron of BOH.

    Includes sponsoring a co-principal musician's seat, reserved seating in the best seats in the theatre for you and a guest, plus all the perks of a Friend with Benefits.

    You will receive an invitation to the post concert reception where you can meet the creators of the orchestra along with the players in the orchestra and your sponsored musician.

    Following the concert we want to continue our relationship with our patrons inviting them to have an input, from which guest speakers, topics of interest and musical ideas they would like to see, in a bid to involve the whole BOH community in the orchestra's future.

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    Become a Benefactor of the BOH.

    Sponsor a principal chair and have them come with a trio to play at a venue of your choice for your private event.*

    We will invite you to sit on the main annual BOH board meeting and keep you regularly updated on all of the inner workings of the orchestra.

    Plus receive all the benefits of a Patron!

    *For overseas sponsors the private performance will be trickier, however alternatives will be worked out so no one is left out!

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    Become a Godfather / Godmother of the BOH!

    Sponsor the soloist of the evening and have them come give a recital at your home or private venue of choice.

    Be privy to the orchestra's bi-annual board meetings and receive all the benefits of our benefactors, including a very special mention in our season's programmes.

    *For overseas sponsors the private performance will be trickier, however alternatives will be worked out so no one is left out!

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