Last Night bonus event –
Pioneer of the modern revival of early music performance and founder of The English Concert Trevor Pinnock CBE will lead the last night audience in a performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.
Maverick concert pianist James Rhodes discusses his controversial memoir INSTRUMENTAL live on stage – a brutally honest, moving and compelling story. Music has been the one thread that has held him together through the ups and downs of his extraordinary life.
Presented with James’ trademark mix of humour, searing honesty and inspiring piano performances, INSTRUMENTAL is an impassioned tribute to the power of music and its potential to transform all of our lives.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of James’ story, the presentation may touch on adult themes.
“Unsurpassed and unsurpassable” ★★★★★ (SUNDAY TIMES)
“Performances of such natural ease and brilliance that no one can resist.”(THE TIMES)
“The publishing sensation of the year” (MAIL ON SUNDAY)
“A mesmeric combination of vivid, keen, obsessive precision and raw, urgent energy” (ZOE WILLIAMS, GUARDIAN)
Until the age of 14, James had no formal academic musical education or dedicated mentoring. Aged 18 he stopped playing the piano entirely for a decade. Since returning to the piano, he has released five albums, all of which have topped the iTunes classical charts.
He has performed in venues around the world from the Barbican, Roundhouse, Royal Albert Hall, Latitude Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Soho Theatre in the UK to halls in Paris, Australia, Hong Kong, Chicago, Vienna and more.
In addition to writing regularly for the major UK newspapers, James has presented a Chopin documentary for BBC4 and had his own television series James Rhodes: Piano Man on Sky Arts. He presented and performed in the acclaimed television documentary “Notes for The Inside” which aired in August 2013 on Channel 4 in the UK.
In 2014 James filmed a two-part documentary for Channel 4 called ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ which gave schoolchildren the chance to learn a musical instrument by calling for an ‘instrument amnesty’ – a mission to collect unused musical instruments from around the country which raised over £1 million of instruments for primary schools in the UK.
James also presented and performed in Channel 4’s Piano Night, interviewing celebrities including Benedict Cumberbatch, Alan Rusbridger and Derren Brown at the piano.
His soundcloud and YouTube channels have had over 10 million views.
His Sunday Times and international bestselling memoir, Instrumental, published by Canongate is a brutally honest, moving and compelling story that was almost banned until the Supreme Court unanimously overthrew an injunction in May 2015.