Programme Details

[Cancelled] Anima Eterna Brugge
Conductor: Jos van Immerseel


In view of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the resultant closures of venues across the city, and concerns for the health and safety of participating artists and audiences, the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) has made the difficult decision to cancel the February and March performances of the 48th HKAF. All Young Friends (YFS) programmes and outreach activities within the above period, including in-school pre-performance workshops, will also be cancelled. Arrangements for YFS membership will be announced soon by email. For general enquiries, please email to



Historically informed performance in every detail
for 2 all-time Beethoven favourite symphonies



“A thrilling ode to Beethoven” Limelight

“[Their Beethoven symphonies are] a stimulating, exhilarating experience” Gramophone

Formed in 1987, the skilled Flanders-based orchestra Anima Eterna Brugge plays on authentic period instruments that capture the tone colours of Beethoven’s Vienna.

Viennese-style woodwind instruments, natural horns, trumpets without valves, violins with thick gut strings—all instruments used by the orchestra are replicas of the ones used in the composer’s time. Some are even originals. To identify Beethoven’s final version of score, the musicians have conducted an immense amount of research. They use the Viennese pitch, which is slightly higher than the one widely used today, resulting in a more dramatic sound.

The orchestra will perform two symphonies by Beethoven in the first concert: the Third “Eroica” Symphony and the Seventh Symphony—once described as “the Apotheosis of Dance” by Richard Wagner. Travel back to the composer’s time, listen to the authentic sounds of his works, and celebrate the grand birthday of one of history’s greatest music masters.



Mar 13

Symphony No 3 in E-flat major, Op 55, ‘Eroica’
Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92


Photo credit

Pressiana Petia
Jan Landau



    13 / 3 / 2020  20:15



    Concert Hall, HK City Hall



    Pre-show in-school workshop (conducted in Cantonese and English) is available for this programme. 
    (Applicable to School Members)