Stapleford Granary

Event description

Saturday 22 February | 11.30 | £12 | £8 under 16 

Discount if you book the afternoon concert, workshop and evening concert. £25

Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano

Talk and lunchtime concert

(part of a Beethoven piano and violin sonatas project)

11.30 Talk: Beethoven’s sonatas for piano and violin in context

12.30 Coffee

13.00 Lunchtime concert


Violin - Savitri Grier

Piano - Richard Uttley


Beethoven - Sonata No.1 in D, op.12 no.1

Beethoven - Sonata No.6 in A, op.30 no.1


The first instalment of violinist Savitri Grier and pianist Richard Uttley’s project on the complete Beethoven sonatas for piano and violin, celebrating 250 years since the composer’s birth.

There is also a workshop (15:00) and evening concert (19.30)

These are sold as three seperate ticketed events but if you book both concerts and the workshop a discount is available.

To get the discount please book each event seperately and the discount will be applied at the check out. The workshop is in our Course section.

There is no charge to just observe the workshop.

A second event is scheduled for 21 February 2021.


The talk will introduce the project through looking at Beethoven’s life at the time he was writing these pieces, the violinists he was writing for and playing with, the way these pieces were received by critics and the public, and how Beethoven developed the genre through using it as both an experimentation ground for some of his most personal ideas and for the enjoyment and amusement of his friends. The concert features the first of the sonatas, popular for its unmistakably Beethovenian joyfulness, and the lesser-known, more introspective sixth sonata.

Richard has appeared numerous times at Stapleford Granary and Savitri, who is making her first appearance here, is one of his regular duo partners. Savitri’s highlights this season include the Elgar Violin Concerto in Qatar, recitals in Mumbai and guest leading the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer.”

Savitri and Richard began playing together in 2014 after meeting at the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove. They have since given over 60 recitals together, including at Sage Gateshead, Wigmore Hall and on tour in China. They were mentored for their Beethoven project by Anthony Marwood and Steven Isserlis through Chamber Studio at King’s Place, and have performed the complete cycle in London, on tour in Scotland and as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


An evening concert, featuring three more sonatas (including the “Spring”), follows later in the day, as well as a workshopin the afternoon.


The second part of the project will be in February 2021.