Everything I do apart from music is badly done or stupid.
Beethoven was buffeted by massive political change in Napoleonic Europe but his posthumous deification as solitary artist-genius has contributed to our notion of composers somehow existing outside time and society. Beloved harpist and curator Marshall McGuire’s Festival weekend at UKARIA invites us to ponder composers and performers as socially engaged citizens. Ludwig’s there with the Archduke Trio (featuring Anthony Marwood on violin) and the String Quartets Nos. 1, 9 and 16 played by the young British Heath Quartet, who partner them with the 2nd, 3rd and 5th by radical social maverick Michael Tippett. Soprano Bethany Hill with Ludovico’s Band and oboist Ben Opie present a fascinating early music concert of all female composers, and there’s Monteverdi’s rarely performed mini-opera Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, with a moving contemporary companion piece by Lembit Beecher about a female soldier’s post-tour-of-duty trauma. Finish your UKARIA immersion with two remarkable ‘bonus’ concerts: an all-French recital by acclaimed singer Siobhan Stagg, and an Adelaide-exclusive by the world’s hottest twenty-first-century vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth.