Beethoven Septet & Louise Farrenc Nonet – New Perspectives

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Albert Hall, Canberra
7pm, Tuesday 6 June and touring nationally to Sydney, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Newcastle and Melbourne.

The ensemble features a mix of locally-based and returning Australian internationals plus the cream of overseas musicians – all of them specialists in historically informed performance.

Beethoven Septet & Louise Farrenc Nonet  – New Perspectives showcases the expressive potential of larger chamber groups of strings and winds. 

Beethoven’s Septet was one of his early successes, taking the popular Viennese format of a serenade or divertimento but imbuing it with virtuosity and complexity.

The Septet was such a hit that very few composers dared write for a similarly-sized ensemble for 50 years, until the great French pianist, professor and publisher Louise Farrenc wrote her Nonet in 1849. Full of rich textures and intricate scoring, it demonstrates her irrefutable compositional skill.

The ensemble features three visiting overseas artists: London-based hornist Anneke Scott, along with German oboist Tatjana Zimre and American violinist Jenna Sherry – both currently based in Amsterdam.

Joining them are two Australian internationals: France-based flautist Georgia Browne (originally from Perth) and Belgium-based bassoonist Lisa Goldberg (Canberra).

Local musicians: violist Stephen King (Adelaide), cellist Daniel Yeadon (Sydney), double bassist Rob Nairn (Adelaide) and clarinettist and Co-Artistic Director Nicole Van Bruggen (Brisbane) join the ensemble.


  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Septet in E flat major, Op.20
  • Louise Farrenc – Nonet in E flat major, Op.38


Image credit Robert Catto