Ruth Padel

Sun 12 July 2020

Ruth Padel

It is with great regret that for the first time in forty years we must cancel the Buxton International Festival in July 2020. This is an enormous disappointment but the health and well-being of our audience, our volunteers, the BIF team and all the artists involved is of primary concern. By taking this difficult decision now we are safeguarding the Festival for the Future. Read our full statement here.

Please save the dates for next year’s Festival taking place 2 – 18 July 2021.

 

Beethoven Variations: Poems on a Life

Two hundred and fifty years since Beethoven was born, prize-winning poet, Ruth Padel goes on a personal search for him, retracing his steps through war-torn Europe of the early nineteenth century, delving into his music, letters, diaries and the conversation books he used when deaf, to uncover the man behind the legend. Her quest, exploring the life of one of the most creative artists who ever lived, turns more personal than she expects, taking her into the sources of her own creativity and musicality. An illuminating biography in verse conjures not only Beethoven’s life and personality, but Ruth’s own music-making and love both of the European music-making tradition to which her father’s family belongs, and to the continent Europe itself.