Programme: Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal

The Beethoven of the Bergisches Land

Thu 29 September 2022

8 pm

Großer Saal

Marking the 250th birthday of Johann Wilhelm Wilms

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Johann Wilhelm Wilms was born in Witzhelden in 1772, just two years after Ludwig van Beethoven and was no less highly gifted. Like Beethoven, Wilms was a pianist and composer and left his home town to find professional success in a music metropolis: whereas Ludwig was drawn to Vienna in 1792, Johann Wilhelm had gone to Amsterdam the previous year. Just a few years later, Wilms was regarded as an influential and venerated member of Amsterdam’s music scene. Many of his works were printed by prestigious publishers, received countless awards and were performed regularly. As a successful piano soloist and flautist, the composer of the then Dutch national anthem was in contact with many of the leading musicians of his age.


Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 1 in C major, op. 21

Johann Wilhelm Wilms
Concerto in C major for solo flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin and cello with a full-sized orchestra

Johann Wilhelm Wilms
Concerto in B major for clarinet and orchestra, op. 40


Ernst Schlader
Andreas Spering

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Worth Knowing For Your Visit

  • Performance Venue Grosser Saal

    The event is taking place in the Großer Saal, the heart of the Historische Stadthalle. Its famous acoustics, spectacular sense of space under a ceiling that is 17 metres high, its décor and galleries take one’s breath away time and again.

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The FAQs for visitors and event organisers should answer questions concerning your visit or event organisation.


The Historische Stadthalle is located in the heart of North Rhine-Westphalia and lies in the centre of Wuppertal-Elberfeld. We are easily reached by public transport. The ICE train station and local bus stops are in the immediate vicinity.

This is where you will find detailed directions.

Parking Flat Day Rate

Make use of our flat day rate for parking. It only costs 4 euros. One useful tip: you can pay at the pay stations in the multi-storey car park itself or in the stairwell either when you return to your vehicle or in advance of attending events. That will save you time waiting at the pay stations after the end of events.


It goes without saying that the Historische Stadthalle is equipped to provide access for disabled people.

Wheelchair ramps and lifts (with announcement) will provide you with easy access to all rooms.

Parking spaces for disabled people are available both in the multi-storey car park and in the Südstrasse car park.

Toilets for disabled people can be found on the ground floor (to the right of the main entrance) at the eastern end of the foyer. They are clearly signposted.

A wheelchair is available in the building.

An unlimited number of wheelchair places is available in the Großer Saal.

Our concierge, foyer team and culinaria staff are happy to help should you need assistance at any time.