This weekend, the Sage Gateshead will present all nine Beethoven symphonies, performed by five leading UK orchestras, in their Big Beethoven Weekend 1: The Symphonies.

Following huge success at London’s Barbican in early February, the Big Beethoven Weekend is heading north, and will once again be presented by Classic FM favourite – and Beethoven fan – John Suchet.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Hallé with the Hallé Choir will be taking part.