Beethoven, Wordsworth & The French Revolution


The Jupiter Ensemble
Katy Bircher flute
Caroline Balding violin
Andrew Skidmore cello
David Owen Norris Broadwood pianoforte (1826)
Zeb Soanes Reader

Beethoven arr. Moscheles Egmont Overture
Beethoven arr. Hummel Symphony No 3, Eroica

Pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris leads The Jupiter Ensemble in an evening exploration of two major figures of music and literature in their 250th anniversary years.

Interspersing music with readings by Zeb Soanes, the evening features revolutionary poetry from a man who was there, in Paris, in 1789, and revolutionary music from a composer who wished he had been. Hear how these two disappointed revolutionaries, both born in 1770, illuminate each other through their art.


Zeb Soanes is known to millions as a newsreader and voice of the Shipping Forecast on BBC Radio 4. He is a regular on The News Quiz, has reported for From Our Own Correspondent and presented BBC Radio 3’s Saturday Classics. Sunday Times readers voted him their favourite male voice on UK radio. On television he launched BBC Four, where he appeared as a roving presenter for the BBC Proms.

He regularly performs with orchestra, narrating classic works for children including Peter and the Wolf, Babar the Elephant and Paddington. He has written for The Observer, Country Life and Literary Review. His acclaimed first book for children, Gaspard the Fox, illustrated by James Mayhew is the first in a series of stories based on the urban fox that visits him at home in London.