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In Search of Haydn

In Searc of Haydn

A new documentary on the life and work of Joseph Haydn, featuring expert contributions from Head of School Professor David Wyn Jones, has premiered at the Barbican in London.

In Search of Haydn sheds light on the prolific composer though performances from classical musicians and interviews with historians and musicologists.

Award-winning director Phil Grabsky interviewed Professor Jones in Bristol last summer. Discussing the interview, he said: “It was a fascinating and very useful interview with David Wyn Jones – an acknowledged expert on Haydn’s life. These are the guys that make me look good! Really all I have to do is point the camera in his direction and ask sensible, interested questions. He was an articulate treasure trove of information.”

The documentary completes Grabsky’s composer trilogy, which started with In Search of Mozart (2006) and In Search of Beethoven (2009).  It works its way chronologically through the life story of Haydn, considered the most elusive of the three Viennese composers.

The screening at the Barbican was preceded by a performance of Haydn’s Op 76/1 by the Endellion String Quartet and followed by a live Q&A with the director.

Watch the In Search of Haydn trailer online -