James Rhodes Artist in Residence
- April 30, 2014 3:26 pm
Date(s) - 24/07/2014
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
James Rhodes is a man on a mission to debunk the idea of stuffiness that can surround the world of classical music. Everyone should experience its splendour. Dubbed the Russell Brand of piano, the revolutionary pianist reclaims Revolution, playing in the building that used to host music events in the early days of the Festival.
Rhodes’ number one iTunes debut album, ‘Razor Blades Little Pills and Big Pianos’ reflects his personal struggle with rehab and psych wards. Bach, Beethoven and Chopin became his solace.
The first core classical pianist to be signed to the world’s largest rock label, Warner Bros Records, he’s played the Latitude Festival, sharing stages with Florence + the Machine and The National. His iconoclastic approach weaves stand-up anecdotes about his life and those of the composers into his performance, offering an immersive experience that has won him, and classical music, a dedicated new following. Celebrity followers include Stephen Fry and Derren Brown.
The performance will be followed by a Question and Answer session.