To mark the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth, events are being held around the world throughout the year. One of the first events to be held on 8th February, Ruskin’s birthday, is a performance of readings, music and song at the Royal Academy, presented in association with Ruskin To-Day.
“All Great Art is Praise”: a celebration of John Ruskin’s 200th Birthday
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Royal Academy of Arts, London at 6.30pm
(admission by ticket only)
We present a portrait of this trenchant art critic and passionate social reformer in an evening of readings from his books and letters. Ruskin’s critiques of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, Academy Notes, along with his defence of Turner and promotion of the Pre-Raphaelites, were a profound influence on Victorian taste. This event celebrates Ruskin’s ideas and values, and tells the story of his troubled life. Ruskin’s words will be read by actors Michael Palin and Dan Draper, with songs by Ruskin performed by the tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson, accompanied by the Coull Quartet. The music, realised by composer Sarah Rodgers, includes a complete performance of her setting of Ruskin’s fairy tale, The King of the Golden River.
For more information on all Ruskin 200 events visit www.ruskinto-day.org/calendar/