Selby & Friends: Beethoven’s Back!

Beethoven's Back Kathryn Selby, Richard Narroway and Andrew HaveronIn readiness for the big celebrations in 2020 for the master’s 250th birthday, Selby & Friends’ annual foray into Beethoven’s great chamber music is a welcome prelude.

In response to audience demand, Beethoven’s Back! with Sydney Symphony concertmaster Andrew Haveron, Australian cellist Richard Narroway, and pianist Kathryn Selby, tours in October and November in an eagerly anticipated season finale.

Each concert will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 102 No. 1; Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2; and Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 70 No. 2.

Beginning in 2014, Selby has presented one all-Beethoven program within each season of six tours of chamber music at its best.“These wonderful all-Beethoven programs arose from my passion for the composer and the desire to explore his repertoire in depth,” said Selby.

“The beauty of presenting his chamber works in this format with different artists each season is the extraordinary freshness one feels when reconnecting with a familiar work – there is always something new to learn and something wonderful to discover in the hands of these brilliant performers.”

SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron is the winner of many prizes, including the prestigious Paganini Competition. He has led the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the World Orchestra for Peace and performed in the internationally televised BBC Last Night at the Proms. Haveron is a former member of the award-winning Brodsky Quartet and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He is a regular guest with S&F.

Richard Narroway is a dynamic young talent and major influencer applauded for his innovative projects of traditional and new repertoire. He holds degrees from various US universities and has just accepted a position on the faculty of the University of Melbourne. This is Richard Narroway’s debut appearance with Selby & Friends.

“I am incredibly excited about this upcoming tour,” said Richard Narroway. “As a musician, there is nothing that brings me greater joy than chamber music; there is something magical about joining forces with other artists and working together with the shared goal of producing something beautiful.”

“It is a tremendous honor, then, to have the opportunity to perform these masterpieces alongside two wonderful, inspiring musicians. I cannot wait to dig deeply into these works and share them with audiences around Australia,” Richard added.

Beethoven’s Back! will be presented in Adelaide (Sunday 27 October); Sydney (Tuesday 29 October); Melbourne (Wednesday 30 October); Canberra (Thursday 31 October); Turramurra (Saturday 2 November); and Southern Highlands (Sunday 3 November). For more information and bookings, visit: for details.

Image: Kathryn Selby, Richard Narroway and Andrew Haveron (supplied)