5 The Bashkir’s Ship Bridge || The Grand Finale: Back to Bashkortostan

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This exciting series seeks to reveal the political backdrop to Beethoven’s life, and in particular the heroic acts of the 1st Bashkir Regiment who played such an important role for the liberation of the Netherlands, then under Napoleonic rule. In this series we will take a stroll around the key sites where this story unfolded with our wonderful story tellers Irene and Mark, followed by music of the period on contemporary instruments to take you back to 1813!

In this final episode, our dynamic duo, Irene and Marc, will bring us back into the 21st Century and reflect on how this long-lost tale has changed the face of Europe as we know it.

For the musical segment of this episode, we are delighted to share with you a special musical performance courtesy of the Republic of Bashkortostan. This musical gift shows the unique bond which has existed for over 200 years between the Netherlands and Bashkortostan. This was put together especially for our festival, and we are sincerely grateful to be able to share this music as part of our Early Piano Festival.

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