Socially distanced orchestra finds unique way of celebrating Beethoven's 250th anniversary

Video report by ITV News Meridian's Andy Dickenson


So, what does an orchestra do during lockdown?

With performances cancelled the Sussex-based Hanover Band has had to refund tens of thousands of pounds paid in advance for tickets this year - a year in which it had hoped to celebrate Beethoven's 250th anniversary.

The musicians' solution has been labelled, both brave and audacious.

The Hanover Band had planned to perform all of Beethoven's symphonies throughout this year - instead it has recorded the majority of them in little over a week. Its musicians socially distanced, its audience online.

With almost 40 concerts cancelled, these productions mark a £200,000 investment in a year where many of the performers have struggled for work.

The challenge now to record Beethoven's 9th, requiring a choir, while observing the rule of six.

An orchestra used to touring the world reduced, but not limited, by space and time, as it too celebrates its 40th anniversary.

The symphonies will begin streaming every Wednesday through to December.