Oxfam Stage, Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, UK
Date: 3 June 2011
Alfred Brendal talks about his life and work
Amidst the beautiful green countryside of the Welsh border town Hay-on-Wye, this year's annual arts and literature festival is underway (until 5 June). Luminaries from across the arts make for a rich and varied programme.
The world-class pianist and inspired poet Alfred Brendel is a particular highlight at this year's festival. Brendel will be delivering The Hay Festival Lecture: Does Classical Music have to be entirely serious? at The Courtyard Theatre on 3 June, where he will show with his characteristic humour, that wit and irony are crucial elements in music, by Beethoven and Haydn in particular, as well as playing the Hereford Steinway.
The following morning Brendel will discuss his life and work with BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Nicola Heywood Thomas at the Oxfam Stage at the main festival site (4 June). Since his final concert performance in 2008, Brendel has dedicated his time to his passion for writing poetry. A comprehensive collection of over 200 of Brendel's poems: Playing the Human Game was recently published in English alongside the poems' original German versions.
Follow the link to Making Hay at the Hay festival 2011 blog for more festival information.