We’re thrilled that we’re going to be joined by the wonderful actress Niamh Cusack, who will be reading the role of the extraordinary medieval Abbess Hildegard of Bingen when we appear at the Brighton Early Music Festival on Sunday, 25 October.
A Renaissance woman before the Renaissance even happened, Hildegard was a visionary, composer, author, herbalist, alongside running her own convent and corresponding with the great and good of the day, including the Pope. Her music is incredibly distinctive for the period and is unique amongst chant for having a clearly identified “personal stamp” – it is chant that simply couldn’t have been written by anyone else. (Although the terms “written” and “composer” are really misnomers. Hildegard dictated her visionary books and music to her scribe.)
The line up in Brighton includes Clare Norburn and Yvonne Eddy, voices and Leah Stuttard, harp, plus the voices of woman’s choir Celestial Sirens.
there are two performances at 5.30 and 8.30pm on Sunday, 25 October at St Paul’s Church, West Street, Brighton (only 140 minutes from Brighton Station – head straight down towards the seafront). Find out more and book tickets here: www.bremf.org.uk