Chapter 3 - A New Inspiration

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 April 2020 - 6.30pm

At the start of the 19th century, Europe was in flux. Liberal thinking and progressive ideals, previously confined to secret meetings of the Illuminati and Freemasons, had erupted during the French Revolution and were now being spread across the continent by Napoleon. As war raged around him, Beethoven began crafting a symphony that would celebrate the enlightened hero, paving the way for a fairer world - but was Napoleon this hero after all? As we take over Bethnal Green's colossal York Hall, we invite you to experience a work that altered the path of all symphonies to come, as we look at the motives Beethoven may have had when writing the piece with 'Bonaparte' infamously scribbled out on the front.

Event times
6.30pm - Arrive & unwind
7.45pm - Last admission
8pm - Concert
c.10pm - Soirée
11.45pm - Last orders

Arrive and let the stresses of your week wash away with a drink (perhaps a cocktail...) from our bar and a bite to eat from our themed pop-up food menu (more details nearer the time). Pre-concert drinks are available to purchase until 7.45pm and can be enjoyed during the performance. The bar reopens afterwards, with last orders at 11.45pm.

We want to create a beautiful, intimate atmosphere so in order to ensure a good experience for everyone the doors will be closing at 7.45pm. Please make sure you allow plenty of time to arrive. The doors will reopen at the end of the concert.

Food & Drink

A signature part of the evening is our bespoke food offering* and themed cocktail bar. Food will be available to buy on the night, or in advance with a 15% online discount.

Whatever you may think about Napoleon, one thing is certain: when it comes to their food, the French know what they’re doing. Our fabulous chefs will be presenting some of the finest dishes from our neighbours across the channel, including one of Napoleon’s personal favourites…

With plenty of French classics to choose from, Mix & Match will be featuring all manner of spirits in their cocktails for this event. Some traditional, some with a twist, all fabulous.

*Veggie, vegan and gluten-free options available

Dress code
Come as you feel comfortable

Age limit

Front Cushions: £25
If you fancy being really close to the action and like to recline while you listen, grab a floor cushion - they're right at the front, as close to the orchestra as you can get (without playing in it...)
Early Bird discounted tickets are available at £20

Standard Seat: £30
Early Bird discounted tickets are available at £25

Back Row Sofa Seat (available in pairs): £45 person
To enjoy the concert in luxurious comfort, go for a sofa - the most private seats in the house, and great sound to boot.
Early Bird discounted tickets are available at £40

Ticket price includes entry for the whole evening and an unallocated seat, cushion, or sofa (depending on ticket type) for the concert.
York Hall
5 Old Ford Road
E2 9PJ