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Menuhin: A Life

Saturday 2 April 2016

1 Hour


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Arts broadcaster and writer Humphrey Burton celebrates the centenary of the birth of world-famous violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin with a look back at his life and work.

Menuhin was born in New York to Russian Jewish immigrant parents. He gave his first recital at the age of eight and was world-famous five years later.  Burton worked with Menuhin on many radio and television programmes including a 20-part radio series for Classic FM. He is also author of Menuhin: A Life. He explains why Menuhin was such an extraordinary human being and why he became one of the best-loved classical musicians of the last century. The event will be illustrated with examples of Menuhin’s performances.

Burton spent two spells in charge of music and arts for the BBC, was a founder member of London Weekend Television and edited and presented the ITV arts series Aquarius. He was also a frequent collaborator with the American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein and wrote a biography of him. Here he talks to journalist and television presenter, including of the BBC Proms, Gwenan Edwards.

This event is part of the festival’s leadership programme sponsored by HSBC.