25. November 2019 - 19:00 till 20:30
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James Rhodes on the Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound | Queen Elizabeth Hall | Monday, 25. November 2019

James Rhodes is the maverick of classical music, and he wants us to view classical composers in a whole new way. Take Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Old guys with curly wigs, right? Wrong, says Rhodes: those composers were the original rock stars. Their struggles, anxieties and triumphs make them all too recognisable to us today.
But it’s the awe-inspiring music these complicated geniuses made that Rhodes wants to bring to a wider audience. And for anyone who finds the idea of classical music a bit daunting or just doesn’t know where to begin, Rhodes has the answer. He’s curated a playlist on Spotify and written a book – James Rhodes’ Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound – in which he guides us in his inimitable informal style through some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created.
On November 25th Rhodes will appear for Intelligence Squared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (in conversation with a special guest to be announced). He will play pieces by the great composers, which have consoled, inspired and uplifted him, and he will unpack the ways in which they work on our mind and our emotions. He will also tell us about the lives of the extraordinary people who created these pieces. Did you know, for example, that Mozart wrote the equivalent of six albums every year of his life from the age of five? Or that Chopin hated performing in public and only gave 30 concerts in his entire lifetime? He’ll also explain why, whatever kind of music you like, the great classical composers are responsible for every track on your phone today.
Whether you are a life-long fan of classical music or a first-time listener, join us for what promises to be an unmissable evening.
SpeakersJames RhodesAcclaimed concert pianistBest-selling author, TV presenter, and celebrated concert pianist dedicated to bringing classical music into the twenty-first century. His sell-out concerts at pop music venues, with no coats and tails in sight, are bringing classical music to new audiences worldwide. He is the first core classical pianist to be signed to Warner Bros. Records, the world’s largest rock label. His biography Instrumental is being adapted for the big screen. It will be directed by Oscar-winning director James Marsh (Man on a Wire, Theory of Everything) and will feature Oscar-nominated actor Andrew Garfield in the principle role as James Rhodes. 
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Speakers are subject to change.