Beethoven was far from being a conventional Christian, but he had a profound sense of the reality of God, encountered in the natural world and in human hearts and minds.

This evening blends live music, images and lecture to explore Beethoven's spiritual vision through his later music for solo piano, and the second half features a full performance of his last sonata (op. 111), in which the turbulent reality of the human condition is answered by transcendent beauty.

Pianist: Florian Mitrea, the young, Hertfordshire-based, concert pianist acclaimed as ‘outstanding’ by Martha Argerich (

Lecturer: Iain Lane (tutor in Christian doctrine and the visual arts). Iain and Florian work together regularly, including this year at the Dartington International Music Festival.

Price: £12.50 (includes interval drink)

Time: 7.30-9.45pm

Venue: Nave, St Albans Cathedral

Entry is via the Welcome Centre (Sumpter Yard).

Photo: Hidekazu Kurumiya