Bristol Ensemble At Home – Ben England

Bristol Ensemble At Home

Bristol Ensemble At Home – free online chamber recitals

You are invited to enjoy our series of 30 minute informal online recitals and talks which you can watch via the Bristol Ensemble’s YouTube channel at

Ben England – “Nicht diese Töne!”

In this talk, conductor and music educator Ben England explores the evolution of ‘Ode to Joy’, a tune that Beethoven seemed unable to shake throughout his life. Discover its origins as an unpublished song (Gegenliebe WoO 135, composed in 1794 when Beethoven was only 24), and follow its development to the Choral Fantasy from 1808 and ultimately to its final form as the basis for his world-famous Ninth Symphony.

Watch on YouTube

The recital is available for you to watch and enjoy free of charge. If you would like to make a donation to the Bristol Ensemble*, you can do so by clicking the link below or by visiting or by text:

To donate £1, text BREN001 to 70201
To donate £3, text BREN001 to 70331
To donate £5, text BREN001 to 70970
To donate £10, text BREN001 to 70191

We hope you enjoy the music and we look forward to welcoming you back to our public live performances very soon.

* Bristol Ensemble needs to raise funds for this and for other charitable purposes. Fundraising, payments and donations will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme, operating as DONATE, a charity registered in England and Wales (1149800) and Scotland (SC045106). In addition to any text donation, you will incur your standard network message charge (based on your service provider rates). For Terms & Conditions, see