Spring 2023: Belong together, listen together

The loss of his hearing did not stop the passionate composer Ludwig van Beethoven from making music and composing. In the spring of 2023, the National Youth Orchestra of Germany will be working with pupils from the Bildungs- und Beratungszentrum für Hörgeschädigte Stegen (Education and Counselling Centre for the Hearing Impaired). One focus is on Beethoven's Third Symphony, which he composed at a time when his hearing loss was already well advanced. The impressive circumstances of the work's creation are clarified through the collaboration and allow it to be perceived from a completely new perspective. Mark Barden has experimented together with the pupils from Stegen and with his composition "the weight of ash" he has created a work that literally presents the unheard-of. Light control in the hall and a travelling exhibition in the foyer expand the concert experience. Christoph Altstaedt is the musical director. A programm for hearing and people with impaired hearing.




Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony Nr. 3 op. 55 „Eroica“

Ludwig van Beethoven: Heiligenstädter Testament (Dr. Vera Kolbe, Sign language translation)

Brett Dean: Testament. Music for Orchestra

Bernhard Wulff: Carillon

Mark Barden: „the weight of ash“ – Commissioned composition by Deutscher Musikrat


Adrian Pereyra (Electric guitar)

National Youth Orchestra of Germany

Jugendliche des Bildungs- und Beratungszentrums für Hörgeschädigte Stegen
Christine Löbbert (Rehearsal)

Christoph Altstaedt (Conductor)

Friederike Scheunchen (Assistant)

Bernhard Wulff (Assistant)


12 April: Cologne – WDR (recording)

13 April: Cologne – WDR (recording)

14 April, 8:00 pm: Cologne – Philharmonie

15 April, 8:00 pm: Bielefeld – Rudolf-Oetker-Halle

16. April, 3:00 pm: Osnabrück – OsnabrückHalle

17 April, 8:00 pm: Berlin – Philharmonie

18 April, 8:00 pm: Lübeck – Musik- und Kongresshalle

20 April, 8:00 pm: Freiburg – Musikhochschule

With the friendly support of:

Berlin Philharmoniker Bundesministerium Wdr3 Daimler DOV GVL Freude.