STEPHEN HOUGH CBE IN CONVERSATION WITH SAVILIAN DAVID OLDROYD-BOLT: ROUGH IDEAS: REFLECTIONS ON MUSIC AND MORE

Stephen Hough is indisputably one of the world’s leading pianists, winning global acclaim and numerous awards, both for his concerts and recordings.

He is also a writer, composer and painter and was recently described by the Economist as one of ’20 Living Polymaths’. As an international performer he spends much of his life at airports, on planes, and in hotel rooms. This book expands notes he has made, in his words, ‘during that dead time on the road’.

In this event, Stephen Hough and David Oldroyd-Bolt will discuss music and the life of a musician, from exploring the broader aspects of what it is to walk out on to a stage or to make a recording, to specialist tips from deep inside the practice room. They will also cover people he’s known, places he’s travelled to, books he’s read, paintings he’s seen; and touch on more controversial subjects, such as assisted suicide and abortion. Even religion is there – the possibility of the existence of God, problems with some biblical texts and the challenge involved in being a gay Catholic.