John Suchet on Beethoven

7 December 2012 - 8:00pm - 9:10pm
All tickets £10
Holywell Music Room

John Suchet

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John Suchet presents the flagship morning programme on Classic FM, every weekday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Before joining Classic FM, John was best known as one of the country’s most popular television newscasters, working for ITN for 17 years until 2004, then again for Channel Five in 2006. Before becoming a newscaster, John was a reporter for ITN, covering major events around the world. He has been honoured for both roles: Television Journalist of the Year 1986, and Television Newscaster of the Year 1996.

Lucy Hall

Lucy Hall (soprano)

Lucy Rebecca Hall, soprano, hails from Nottinghamshire, England. She currently studies on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a full scholarship, under the tutelage of Professor Susan McCulloch. In 2010 Lucy was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Music from the Guildhall along with the accolade of winning the Dove Memorial Prize for being the highest marked graduate of 2010, across any discipline, the Ann Wyburd Prize for the best lieder performed in final recitals and the Concert Recital Diploma.

Gavin Roberts

Gavin Roberts (piano)

Gavin Roberts enjoys a busy and varied career as a Piano Accompanist. He has partnered singers in recital at The Wigmore Hall, Baribican Hall & The Royal Festival Hall, and is Artistic Director of the concert series SONG in the CITY. Recent and current engagements have included Brahms’ Liebesliederwaltzer as a duet partner to Graham Johnson, The Young Songmakers’ Almanac, and A Soldier and a Maker directed by Iain Burnside – a play about the life of Ivor Gurney staged in the Barbican Pit Theatre.

John Suchet talks about Beethoven

Oxford Lieder Young Artists Lucy Hall and Gavin Roberts perform a selection of Beethoven songs.

John Suchet, presenter of Classic FM's flagship morning programme, is recognised as a leading authority on the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven. His new book, a full-length biography of Beethoven, is based on extensive research, including sources never previously published in English.

He has portrayed the real man behind the music in this compelling biography, revealing a difficult and complex character. He reveals the struggle to continue his profession as musician despite increasing deafness, alienating friends with unprovoked outbursts of anger one moment, overwhelming them with excessive kindness and generosity the next, living in a city in almost constant disarray because of war with France.

This fascinating book shows Beethoven may have been one of the greatest artists who ever lived, but he was still a man who had to live among fellow mortals, eat and drink, fall in love, pay his rent. This is the real Beethoven, and Suchet brings him effortlessly to life.

At the start of this event, Lucy Hall and Gavin Roberts will perform a selection of Beethoven songs. Lucy and Gavin are the winners of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform  2102, and this is sure to be a wonderful addition to the evening!


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Kennst du das land, Op. 75 no. 1
Neue liebe, neues leben, Op 75 no. 2

3 Gesänge, Op.83

Wonne der Wehmuth
Mit einem gemalten Band

Ich liebe dich (Zärtliche Liebe), WoO 123