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 created by these complicated geniuses 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 25, Rhodes will appear for Intelligence Squared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in conversation with musician and presenter Jarvis Cocker. Together they will unpack the ways in which music works on our mind and our emotions, and Rhodes will play pieces by the great composers which have consoled, inspired and uplifted him. 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 with two of the UK’s most brilliant musicians.
James Rhodes photo on event image © Dave Brown.
Speakers are subject to change.