Sat 2 Nov,10:00
St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh

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Standard £40.00
Senior £30.00
Disabled person £10.00
U26/ Student/ Unemployed £10.00

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Performance Details

Join us for a day of talks, interactive workshops and performances as we explore Beethoven’s life as a deaf musician and composer.

Explore Beethoven investigates the links between musical creativity and deafness, untangles some of the myths, and looks at innovative and inclusive musical practices with and for d/Deaf people in the 21st century.

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. Take part in an interactive workshop with musician and animateur Mary Bell, hear about Beethoven's music from SCO Violinist Gordon Bragg, and enjoy performances by SCO musicians. Pete Sparkes, Artistic Director of Drake Music Scotland, will chair a panel discussion about musical creativity, deafness and how cultural organisations can make their programmes more accessible to a wider audience.

There will be a chance to try out some of the technology which helps disabled musicians and audience members to experience music fully with Drake Music Scotland.

Refreshments and lunch 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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