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Nicholas Kenyon in conversation

Join Nicholas Kenyon as he talks about his book The Life Of Music. This is a free 60 minute online event.

Virtual event
Date and time 7 Dec 2021 7pm - 8pm
Location Online Status On sale

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Join Nicholas Kenyon as he talks about his book The Life Of Music. This is a free 60 minute online event.

The Life of Music explores the enduring appeal of the classical canon, in an age of unprecedented access to all music — across time and cultures.

During the event there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Please ask your questions using the Q&A feature. Questions will be submitted as text, so your camera and microphone don’t need to be on.

Early booking is recommended. Saga customers must book their place by 9am on Thursday 2 December.

About the book

Immersed in music for much of his life as writer, broadcaster and concert presenter, Nicholas Kenyon has long championed an astonishingly wide range of composers and performers. Now, as we think about culture in fresh ways, Kenyon revisits the stories that make up the classical tradition and foregrounds those which are too often overlooked. This inclusive, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic guide highlights the achievements of the women and men, amateurs and professionals, who bring music to life.

‘A wonderfully engaging survey... It is what every music lover needs close by... We are left in no doubt about music’s extraordinary power.’ Ian Thomson, Financial Times

Taking us from pianist Myra Hess’s performance in London during the Blitz, to John Adams’s composition of a piece for mourners after New York’s 9/11 attacks, to Italian opera singers singing from their balconies amidst the 2020 pandemic, Kenyon shows that no matter how great the crisis, music has the power to bring us together. His personal, celebratory account transforms our understanding of how classical music is made — and shows us why it is more relevant than ever.

‘This is always a book about music in performance, and about the art of listening. At almost every turn, I wanted to stop reading and listen to the music Kenyon describes – and consistently felt rewarded for doing so.’ Mathew Lyons, Literary Review

Nicholas Kenyon

Sir Nicholas Kenyon recently stepped down from his role as Managing Director for the past 14 years at the Barbican to take up posts in music criticism and research. Formerly, he was Director of the BBC Proms and Controller of BBC Radio 3. He is a music critic and the author of books including Simon Rattle: From Birmingham to Berlin.

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2) This is an exclusive event with limited spaces available. In order to attend you must book to reserve your space. To book, click on the ‘Book Now’ button and follow the instructions.

3) Booking for this event will close 9am Thursday 2 December 2021.

4) The event will last approximately 60 minutes.

5) The event will begin at 7pm (GMT) on Tuesday 7 December 2021.

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Virtual event
Date and time 7 Dec 2021 7pm - 8pm
Location Online Status On sale

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