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World Premiere


The Belfast Ensemble reinvent Beethoven with their new work, Septet (for four) at Belfast International Arts Festival.

Fresh after the success of their genre-busting Abomination – A DUP Opera, The Belfast Ensemble premiere a new work – SEPTET (FOR FOUR).

Created to mark the 250th birthday of Beethoven, this new piece is filmed live at Belfast’s MAC and created specially for online broadcast. Taking as its source material the ground-breaking Septet in Eb, the work is performed by a seven-piece ensemble featuring some of Northern Ireland’s finest professional freelance musicians, with the music forming a backdrop to a quartet of actors, each responding to the theme that eternally obsessed the composer:  revolution!

Septet Forfour 2 Photographer Neil Harrison 2mb

With their trademark cutting-edge visuals and high European design aesthetic, this Belfast original shines new light on the genius of Beethoven’s early music and draws parallels between Marie Antoinette and Melania Trump.

The Belfast Ensemble is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland



  • Music by Beethoven
  • Directed by Conor Mitchell
  • Played by the Belfast Ensemble
  • Filmed by Nicky Larkin
  • Featuring Darren Franklin, Matthew Cavan, Ciara Mackey, Abigail McGibbon
  • Filmed live at The MAC, Belfast