Take a trip into the countryside with Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.

Beethoven's sixth symphony offers a brilliant portrait of babbling brooks and beautiful scenery – and with an amazing musical thunderstorm for added drama. Rossini’s mischievous Thieving Magpie gets the concert off to a playful start, while Mozart shines a spotlight on the violin and viola in his gorgeous Sinfonia Concertante.

About Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

Where have I heard it before?

The Pastoral Symphony appears in Walt Disney’s animation Fantasia, in the section featuring centaurs and ‘centaurettes’ along with other characters from classical mythology.

Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral): 4th movement Beethoven

Full programme

  • Rossini, The Thieving Magpie: Overture  (10mins)
  • Mozart, Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola  (30mins)
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)  (40mins)


  • Photograph of conductor Julian Rachlin.

    Julian Rachlin

  • Photography of violist Sarah McElravy. She is stood between white pillars, holding her viola.

    Sarah McElravy