classical music
contemporary classical

James Rhodes with Special Guest Jarvis Cocker

Come face-to-face with the struggles and triumphs of the great classical composers in an evening of live performance and conversation, chaired by Katie Derham, Radio 3 presenter and face of the BBC Proms.

In his inimitable, informal style, concert pianist and broadcaster James Rhodes talks about composers in a way that makes these geniuses entirely recognisable to us today.

Joined on stage by musician and presenter Jarvis Cocker, Rhodes plays some of the pieces which have inspired and uplifted him and explains how they work on our minds and emotions.

Whether you are a life-long fan or a first-time listener, join us for an unmissable evening. Presented by Intelligence Squared.

James Rhodes is a bestselling author, TV presenter and celebrated concert pianist. His sell-out concerts are bringing classical music to new audiences worldwide.

Rhodes is the first core classical pianist to be signed to Warner Bros. Records and his biography, instrumental, is soon to be adapted for the screen by Oscar-winning director, James Marsh.

Jarvis Cocker is a musician and broadcaster best-known as the lead singer of English rock band, Pulp.

As well as releasing two solo albums, Cocker presented Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service on BBC 6 Music and the BBC Radio 4 documentary series, Wireless Nights. His second book, This Book Is A Song, will be published in 2020.

Katie Derham is one of BBC Radio 3’s best-known voices, fronting the drive-time programme In Tune on rotation with Sean Rafferty.

Derham spent the first 15 years of her broadcasting career in news and current affairs, first at the BBC then as ITV’s youngest ever newsreader.

Dates & times

25 Nov 2019
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£35 - £40
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
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