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Poetry & Music for Beethoven’s 250th birthday
Poetry & Music for Beethoven’s 250th birthday

Date: Thursday 26 March 2020
Time: 7.00pm  (Doors open at 6.30pm)
Venue: Hatchlands Park, Epsom Road, East Clandon, GU4 7RT
Tickets: £15.00
Wheelchair spaces need to be booked in advance – please contact the Tourist Information Centre - 01483 444334 for further information.

Investec International Music Festival

In collaboration with Guildford Book Festival and Hatchlands Park

A unique evening of poetry reading and piano music to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Award-winning poet Ruth Padel reads from her new collection ‘Beethoven Variations: Poems on a Life’, with a taste of the great composer’s piano music performed by the Festival’s Artistic Director Wu Qian. The setting for this very special evening is the beautiful Music Room at Hatchlands Park which houses the historical keyboards instruments of the Cobbe Collection, one of which was once played by Beethoven himself.

Your ticket includes a post-event drink – signed copies of ‘Beethoven Variations’ will be available to purchase on the night.

Online booking subject to a 5% booking fee per ticket (capped at £5 per transaction)

  • Investec International Music Festival
  • Doors open at 6.30pm
  • Designated parking for disabled visitors is in the main visitors' car park, 250 metres from house - signage will direct concert-goers from there down the floodlit path leading to the house. 


    By prior arrangement, passengers with impaired mobility can be dropped at the gates to the courtyard and a limited number of cars parked in the nearby staff car park which is closer to the house than the main car park - please contract IIMF to check availability of parking spaces and to confirm this arrangement.


    Three steps to the house entrance with a wheelchair ramp provided - the music room is on the ground floor.


    There are no public WCs inside the main house, but an adapted WC with handrail and drop-down hand rail is available in the adjoining cobbled courtyard, just a short distance from the music room.


    More info on the Hatchlands Park website but NB the mobility buggy mentioned will not be available for this event -


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