THE REST IS NOISE Noise Bites and Lectures: Sunday

This event has now finished. Sun Jan 20

Time Out says

With two busy days of events, you can immerse yourself in the changing world of the early 1900s as a huge range of talks, debates, discussions and films reveal how old certainties were shattered by a new generation.


Join top speakers for in-depth discussions of the fundamental questions of early twentieth century:

  • Breakfast with Schoenberg: grab a coffee and delve inside the composer's String Quartet No 2, with animateur Fraser Trainer. (The Front Room at QEH, 10.15pm)
  • Alex Ross in conversation with Jude Kelly. The author of 'The Rest is Noise' talks to the curator of the festival. (QEH, 11.30am)
  • Pierrot Lunaire: Singers from the Royal Northern College of Music sing Schoenberg's song cycle. (Clore Ballroom at RFH, 1pm & 2.30pm; free to all)
  • Alex Teplin in conversation with Stephanie Rosenthal: the artist discusses her exhibition at the Hayward Project Space. (Dan Graham's Waterloo Sunset Pavilion at Hayward Gallery, 2.30pm)

*Marcus Du Sautoy delves into Einstein's Theory of Relativity (QEH, 3pm)

  • Air from Other Planets: Music professor Julian Johnson explains why the music of the Second Viennese School shocked Vienna. (Spirit Level at RFH, 2.30pm)
  • Nuria Schoenberg Nono talks about the life and work of her father, Arnold Schoenberg. (Weston Pavilion at RFH, 4pm)
  • Neil Bartlett discusses the dark eroticism of Salome - the troubling and beguiling heroine of Strauss' seminal work.

(Purcell Room, 4.30pm)

  • Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar: poet Annie Freud chats about her great grandfather, Sigmund. (Spirit Level at RFH, 4pm)
  • Death in Venice: a screening of Visconti's film adaptation of Thomas Mann's novel. (Clore Ballroom at RFH, 8pm; free to all)


An intense, whistle-stop tour through the need-to-know topics from this weekend. These could include:

How did the invention of radio both bring the world closer together and give us the tools to break it apart?
What gave women the idea that they should have rights?
Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald - what made Art Nouveau so nouveau?
Why was Scott prepared to die in the name of British glory? (Weston Pavilion at RFH, 1pm & 2.30pm))

Royal Festival Hall details


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Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XX

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0844 847 9910

free with day or weekend pass (£12 day pass; £20 weekend pass, not including concerts)