Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's planned livestream of the Beethoven 250 concerts has been cancelled due to further impacts of the COVID-19 situation. The APO has confirmed they will instead be streaming concerts from their back catalogue.

Read the details about the planned streams of concerts here

The Classicist • Saturday 21 March • Auckland Town Hall
Encore stream programme
Bruch Violin Concerto No.1
| Violin: James Ehnes | Conductor: Giordano Bellincampi
Beethoven Symphony No.6 'Pastoral' | Conductor: Douglas Boyd

The Romantic
• Tuesday 24 March • Auckland Town Hall
Encore stream programme
Haydn Symphony No. 30 | Conductor: Giordano Bellincampi | From Bayleys Great Classics: Mozart's Jupiter, Thu 8 Nov 2018
Schumann Symphony No. 3 | Conductor: Giordano Bellincampi | From The New Zealand Herald Premier Series: Ehnes Plays Bruch, Thu 30 May 2019

The Revolutionary • Thursday 26 March • Auckland Town Hall • Stream programme to be confirmed

The Radical
• Sunday 29 March • Auckland Town Hall • Stream programme to be confirmed


The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra joins the worldwide celebrations marking Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020 with a series of concerts and events.

Beethoven 250 will be a fantastic festival within the Festival. The centrepiece will be the APO performing the complete cycle of nine Beethoven symphonies in four concerts over nine days, led by APO Music Director Maestro Giordano Bellincampi, culminating in a very special performance of the Ninth Symphony featuring New Zealand soloists Madeleine Pierard, Kristin Darragh, Amitai Pati and Teddy Tahu Rhodes.

In addition to the symphony cycle there will be a variety of exciting free and community events celebrating Beethoven’s legacy and connecting him to our city and our people. This includes Ludwig Reflected – a free chamber concert and speaker series featuring new Beethoven-inspired works by New Zealand composers and the chance to delve deeper into the fascinating life and times of Beethoven, a series of access and inclusion initiatives, and a community Big Play-In for musicians of all skill levels.


Nine Symphonies across Four Concerts

Concert 1: The Classicist Symphony No.1, 2 & 3

Concert 2: The Romantic Symphony No.4 & 5

Concert 3: The Revolutionary Symphony No.6 & 7

Concert 4: The Radical Symphony No.8 & 9

Beethoven's Big Birthday Bash
Musicians of all ages and skill levels can join Ludwig’s birthday celebrations at this community play-in. Community and student musicians will work together with their APO counterparts to create a mass community orchestra and choir performing selected extracts from the Ninth Symphony, led by Giordano Bellincampi. Music will be specially arranged by APO Communities Composer Ryan Youens so that everyone can join in.
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
Sunday 15 March 2.30pm

The following Beethoven 250 events have been cancelled:

Ludwig Reflected – Free Chamber Concert and Speaker Series
Featuring new commissions by four New Zealand composers: Gillian Whitehead, Chris Gendall, Alex Taylor and Celeste Oram, performed by APO Young Achievers.
Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber
Monday 23, Wednesday 25 & Friday 27 March 6.00pm


Conductor Giordano Bellincampi

Symphony No.9
Soprano Madeleine Pierard
Mezzo Soprano Kristin Darragh
Tenor Amitai Pati
Baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes

with an ensemble of singers from the three national choirs
Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
New Zealand Youth Choir
New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir

Presented by

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in Association with

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All Auckland Arts Festival shows were cancelled as a result of the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Some exhibitions are providing online galleries. Up-to-date information, including information about refunds, is here.