Because it’s 2018.

"Phenomenal performance! One of the best evenings I've had in ages."
"I LOVED being a 'part' of the show...it was very moving, very inspiring."
"Renewed my love of classical music."

Our next project.

Dulce et decorum est?

A talk by acclaimed war photographer Giles Duley, spoken word from ex-RAF officer Leanne Salisbury and a provocative and reflective programme of music that relates.

We are currently raising the funds to support this.

The Speakers:

Giles Duley: War Photographer
Leanne Salisbury: Former RAF Officer

The Music:

Beethoven: Battle Symphony
Penderecki: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
Sawyers: Songs of Loss and Regret
Vaughan-Williams: The Lark Ascending

The Soloists:

Conductor: Michael Karcher-Young
Soprano: Nadine Benjamin

Further details to be announced shortly.

Our recent collaboration.

C&K 29 June 2018

8pm, Union Chapel, Islington, London N1 2UN

BOH is thrilled to be part of Common and Kind’s 3rd annual gala, performing with Soprano Nadine Benjamin, plus a massed choir of 400 for the finale.

“Common and Kind returns to the Union Chapel in 2018 for another extraordinary concert. In just two years since its birth in 2016, Common and Kind concerts have featured an exceptional array of world-leading artists from across the musical spectrum. 

“This year the massed choir of four hundred includes school partnerships for the first time, bringing children from a range of backgrounds together from across London, along with adult choir & refugee partnerships and a sensational line-up of solo artists and ensembles. 

“Featured solo artists in 2018 are New York soul sensation J. Hoard, UK hip-hop legend Ty, singer-songwriter and the UK’s 2018 Eurovision entry SuRie and many more, plus award-winning author and Guardian columnist George Monbiot.”

Our next project.

The Cost of War

A talk by acclaimed war photographer Giles Duley, spoken word from ex-RAF officer Leanne Salisbury and a provocative and reflective programme of music that relates.

We are currently raising the funds to support this.

The Speakers:

Giles Duley: War Photographer
Leanne Salisbury: Former RAF Officer

The Music:

Beethoven: Battle Symphony
Penderecki: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
Sawyers: Songs of Loss and Regret
Vaughan-Williams: The Lark Ascending

The Soloists:

Conductor: Michael Karcher-Young
Soprano: Nadine Benjamin

Further details to be announced shortly.

Our recent collaboration.

C&K, 29 June 2018

Union Chapel, Islington,
London N1 2UN
BOH is thrilled to be part of Common and Kind’s 3rd annual gala, performing with Soprano Nadine Benjamin plus a massed choir of 400 for the finale.

“Common and Kind returns to the Union Chapel in 2018 for another extraordinary concert. In just two years since its birth in 2016, Common and Kind concerts have featured an exceptional array of world-leading artists from across the musical spectrum. 

“This year the massed choir of four hundred includes school partnerships for the first time, bringing children from a range of backgrounds together from across London, along with adult choir & refugee partnerships and a sensational line-up of solo artists and ensembles. 

“Featured solo artists in 2018 are New York soul sensation J. Hoard, UK hip-hop legend Ty, singer-songwriter and the UK’s 2018 Eurovision entry SuRie and many more, plus award-winning author and Guardian columnist George Monbiot.”

After Beethoven, for Humanity.

Music

Our concerts present music, interwoven with short talks from dynamic speakers.

Matters

Everything revolves around a current, topical issue.

The audience are placed around the orchestra, and invited to clap wherever they feel. 

Now

Placing the music – however old or young it is – squarely in the context of today.

The
Experience.

The
Why.

Power, depth and beauty

Classical music needn’t be compromised by outdated conceptions of who it’s for and what it represents.

It has incredible power and we aim to create an experience where this speaks directly to anyone.

Everybody has a part to play

At the heart of the Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity we’re challenging the idea that individually we don’t make much of a difference. 

Just like in the orchestra, where everyone has a part to play – so do we all for each other.

For audience and musicians alike

The BOH was conceived to engage everyone involved.

All are present for the talk – it heightens the musicians performance and the audience’s involvement. The effect is contagious.

Our
Pilot.

Feb 8 2016

A talk by comedian/writer Francesca Martinez on Climate Change with related music on themes of nature and humanity.

We successfully kickstarted to launch and our first event was Monday, 8 February 2016 at the Menier Chocolate Factory Studio, London Bridge.

The Music:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6; Leonora Overture No. 3
Górecki: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs / 2nd Movement
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

Performers:

Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity
Soprano: April Fredrick
Conductor: Michael Karcher-Young

Video
Clips.

Play Video

“I haven’t heard any Beethoven for about 30 years…”

What our audience and musicians had to say about the launch.

Play Video

Beauty and Sorrow

Hear soprano April Fredrick and the BOH perform Górecki’s extraordinary ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’.

Testimonials

“Have you ever had a whole orchestra playing for you only? That’s how it felt we were so close to the musicians and the happening that I could feel their emotions through the sounds, their faces, their body movements. It was like being one with the whole! …
WOW what an evening!”

Manuel Lopez Herrara
Manager at HP

“What an entertaining combination Francesca Martinez was of comedy, sincerity and a few fist-pumping moments. And then there was the music … The sense of stereo when you are so close up is mesmerising as the music drifts and surges from left to right and from the back to the front … The expressions of the musicians! … And it looked like quite a workout; I could see the beads of sweat from the conductor to the flautist.”

William & Hettie
Web Designer

“Phenomenal performance! One of the best evenings I’ve had in ages. I LOVED being a ‘part’ of the show…it was very moving, very inspiring. Renewed my love of classical music. ”

David Nathan

SoulMusic.com founder, author and historian

 

Reviews

Edward Clark (Musical Opinion)

Naming a brand new orchestra by this title might be stating the obvious but the founder conductor, Michael Young, is clearly intent on trying to change his audience’s perceptions of what humanity in our modern world actually means. In his noble quest he was assisted by, as guest speaker, Francesca Martinez, whose reputation for “wobbly”

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Rion Willard (The Thinking Hand)

The Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity had it’s debut concert on the 8 Feb 2016. This was a musical experience that ripped through the DNA of every cell in my body. A physical force of sound produced by some the of most prodigious musical talent in the city -unified into a transformational auditory energy under the

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Meet The Team

Teresa Karcher

Managing Director

Teresa Karcher

Trained as a classical singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Teresa has gone on to work in different fields both as a singer and manager. She was the concert director for the semi-professional orchestra “Charities Philharmonia” and has now co-founded the “Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity”. In all her endeavors, what is most important to her is finding ways in which she can combine her passion for music and making a difference.

Michael Karcher-Young

Artistic Director

Michael Karcher-Young

As Artistic Director of the Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity, described as “a disruptive orchestral experience for today’s world”, Michael is interested in creating the conditions for the music to directly engage anyone.
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William Gets

Internet Guru

William Gets

William is the founder of Brainstorm and has been at the helm since 1998. William’s experience is extensive across multiple industries across multiple design, development, advertising and marketing fields.
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Katie Stillman

Leader

Katie Stillman

Canadian violinist Katie Stillman’s career encompasses a wide variety of solo work, chamber music, orchestral performing and teaching. aged sixteen, Katie won the prestigious Grand Prize at the Canadian Music Competition in Montreal. She subsequently won Radio Canada’s Young Artists Performance Prize for the broadcast of her Toronto recital.
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Greta Mutlu

Principal 2nd Violin

Greta Mutlu

Currently based in London, Bulgarian violinist Greta Mutlu is enjoying a busy and varied performance schedule. Recent engagements include international tours with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Aurora Orchestra, chamber music residencies at the Wye Valley Festival and Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and concerts with the award-winning 12 Ensemble.
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Lois Au

Principal Woodwind

Meet The Team

Teresa Karcher

Managing Director

Teresa Karcher

Trained as a classical singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Teresa has gone on to work in different fields both as a singer and manager. She was the concert director for the semi-professional orchestra “Charities Philharmonia” and has now co-founded the “Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity”. In all her endeavors, what is most important to her is finding ways in which she can combine her passion for music and making a difference.

Michael Karcher-Young

Artistic Director

Michael Karcher-Young

As Artistic Director of the Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity, described as “a disruptive orchestral experience for today’s world”, Michael is interested in creating the conditions for the music to directly engage anyone.
Click for more

William Gets

Internet Guru

William Gets

William is the founder of Brainstorm and has been at the helm since 1998. William’s experience is extensive across multiple industries across multiple design, development, advertising and marketing fields.
Click for more

Katie Stillman

Leader

Katie Stillman

Canadian violinist Katie Stillman’s career encompasses a wide variety of solo work, chamber music, orchestral performing and teaching. aged sixteen, Katie won the prestigious Grand Prize at the Canadian Music Competition in Montreal. She subsequently won Radio Canada’s Young Artists Performance Prize for the broadcast of her Toronto recital.
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Greta Mutlu

Principal 2nd Violin

Greta Mutlu

Currently based in London, Bulgarian violinist Greta Mutlu is enjoying a busy and varied performance schedule. Recent engagements include international tours with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Aurora Orchestra, chamber music residencies at the Wye Valley Festival and Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and concerts with the award-winning 12 Ensemble.
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Lois Au

Principal Woodwind

Contact Us

General Contact:

info@beethovenofh.co.uk

Teresa Karcher: Managing Director

teresa@beethovenofh.co.uk