Performance Details

Join us for a morning of talks and performances as we explore Beethoven’s life as a deaf musician and composer.

Explore Beethoven investigates the links between Beethoven’s musical creativity and his deafness, untangles some of the myths, and explores how his ground-breaking music changed the relationship between composer and performer.

Find out more about what it might have been like to be deaf in Beethoven’s time from Paul Whittaker OBE, who will also talk about his own experiences as a deaf musician. Hear how Beethoven expanded the emotional world of chamber music from SCO Violinist Gordon Bragg, and enjoy performances by a SCO String Quartet.


10.00-10.30am - Refreshments

10.30-11.30am - Beethoven and Deafness with Paul Whittaker

11.30-11.45am - Refreshments

11.45am-12.35pm - Illustrated talk with performance with Gordon Bragg and the SCO String Quartet

12.35-1.05pm - SCO String Quartet Performance

1.05-1.15pm - Closing Remarks

Refreshments are included in the ticket price.

The SCO celebrates Beethoven’s 250th anniversary throughout the 19/20 season.


There is a loop system in the hall where the event is taking place. All talks and panel discussions will be BSL-interpreted.

St Cecilia’s Hall and Museum is located just off the Cowgate. There are no steps to access the building but there is some uneven ground. We will have mats down on these surfaces to allow for easier access but if you are a wheelchair user and would like to get in touch about access, please contact Joanna at or on 0131 478 8342.

Tickets for carers of disabled audience members are free. To book a carer ticket, please contact Joanna.

If there are any ways in which we can make it easier for you to attend and experience this event, please get in touch with Joanna.

Drake Music Scotland is our accessibility partner for this event. Drake Music Scotland is the nation's leading arts organisation providing music making opportunities for people with disabilities.

In partnership with the University of Edinburgh Museums Service.

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