Guest Selector: David Mitchell

Guest Selector: David Mitchell

Award-winning author of seven bestselling novels including Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks and Slade House, David Mitchell has earned his place as one of the world’s best-loved and most versatile writers. This year he has curated and participates in a series of events which, like his novel-in-progress, explores the border and interplay between music and words. Including events with novelist Hari Kunzru, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, composer Sally Beamish and celebrated folk duo The Unthanks. And, in what promises to be one of the highlights, Mitchell is joined by virtuoso pianist David Greilsammer for a UK premiere concert performance of sonatas by Scarlatti and Cage, together with texts by Mitchell, at St Mary’s Cathedral in the west end.

The Unthanks

Music in the Imagination: in Praise of Molly Drake

Friday 25 August 9:45pm - 10:45pm

Genre-expanding Northumbrian folk duo Rachel and Becky Unthank, with producer and pianist Adrian McNally, have re-interpreted the little-known music and poems of Molly Drake, mother of posthumously-celebrated singer-songwriter Nick Drake. Today, The...

Hari Kunzru with David Mitchell

Writing Around the Music

Saturday 26 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

How do fiction writers construct stories that are inspired by music? David Mitchell chews over this conundrum with Hari Kunzru, a novelist who has answered the question with his new book. White Tears is a ghost story, a murder mystery, a timely...

Scarlatti and Cage with David Greilsammer & David Mitchell

UK Premiere Performance

Saturday 26 August 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is one of the world’s most audacious classical performers. Today, he and acclaimed writer David Mitchell present a collaboration featuring achingly beautiful piano music together with miniature readings and...