• Blurring the boundaries of what a concert is, The Telling brings you intimate “concert-theatre” pieces. More than a concert, we transport you back in time through song, music, poetry and story-telling.

Medieval Music for the Masses: 30 engagements across the UK in 2018/19 & our new CD is in the can!

The Telling has some ambitious plans to bring medieval music to the masses – or rather to masses of people around the UK in areas where little early music tours!

We’ve applied for funding to help us launch 4 new residencies in December 2018/early 2019 (watch this space).  But we’re also touring a number of shows, particularly our Empowered Women Trilogy: Into the Melting Pot, Vision and Unsung Heroine.

The fun starts in May and June with two performances of our new show, Into the Melting Pot:

Other dates include engagements with The Buxton Festival, Little Missenden Festival, Music at Oxford and Colchester Early Music. See the full list of performances here which will be updated as other dates are confirmed.

Also – watch this space for details of our new CD,The Lily & the Rose which we recorded in January and which will be released in June.

THE LILY AND THE ROSE – The Telling
Clare Norburn (soprano), Ariane Prussner (mezzo soprano) & Leah Stuttard (harp)
Brighton Early Music Festival 2016.
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Christemas Past mini tour is coming: to Hastings, Hove & North London

The Telling is busy getting in the Christmas mood, rehearsing for our new Christmas programme: Christemas Past: traditional carols from Finland, Spain, France, Germany – and the earliest English Medieval Carols including Ther is No Rose & The Coventry Carol – with lots of candlelight and atmosphere guaranteed!

Catch us at Hastings on 26 November, Hove on 8 December and North London on 16 December.  Details below.

We hope to see you there!

BRIGHTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL - BREMF 2015 Event 12: Vision: The Imagined Testimony of Hildegard of Bingen @ St Paul's Church, Brighton The Telling 25 October 2015, info: www.bremf.org.uk picture by Robert Piwko / www.robertpiwko.co.uk www.facebook.com/RobertPiwkoPhotography www.twitter.com/robertpiwko

1.  3pm, Sunday, 26 November: HASTINGS EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL 
Kino Teatr, 43-49 Norman Rd, Hastings, St Leonards, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN38 0EG
£16/14, children £12  online from the Kino Teatr  www.kino-teatr.co.uk or phone 01424 457830

2.  7.30pm, Friday, 8 December: BRIGHTON EARLY MUSIC CHRISTMAS & ADVENT SERIES
St Barnabas Church, Sackville Road, Hove, BN3 3QE
Tickets £12 or £8 concessions on the door or online through Brighton Early Music at www.bremf.org.uk/xmas

3.  7.30pm, Saturday 16th December: STROUD GREEN FESTIVAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT (FINSBURY PARK, NORTH LONDON)
Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road, Stroud Green, London N4 4EL (near Finsbury Park Tube & then W3 bus to Ossian Rd)
Tickets £12 or £8 concessions: on the door or reserve: 020 7281 6864  www.stroudgreenfestival.org.uk 

THE LILY AND THE ROSE - The Telling Clare Norburn (soprano), Ariane Prussner (mezzo soprano) & Leah Stuttard (harp) Brighton Early Music Festival @ St Paul's Church 28th October - 13th November 2016, info: www.bremf.org.uk picture by Robert Piwko / www.robertpiwko.co.uk www.facebook.com/RobertPiwkoPhotography www.twitter.com/robertpiwko

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The Telling         

Clare Norburn, soprano
Ariane Prussner, mezzo, percussion
Kaisa Pulkkinen, harp, recorder
With Patience Tomlinson, actor (Hastings Early Music Festival only)
& film projections by Marlene Rees (Hastings and Stroud Green only)

“sung with perfection that is heart-stopping” Worthing Herald

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Premiere of our new programme: Into the Melting Pot: lively & haunting Spanish music & new play

Fanfare please! Tonight we launch our new programme, Into the Melting Pot.  We’ve been rehearsing for the past week and are super excited about the magical blending Spanish medieval and Sephardic Jewish music & Clare Norburn’s new play which will transport you to Seville – the scent of orange blossom, spinning wheels and lamps at twilight….

There are still tickets to see it tonight at Brighton Early Music Festival: book tickets here: http://www.bremf.org.uk/tickets/index.htm 

Thursday 9th November, 8pm at  St Paul’s Church, West Street, Brighton BN1 2RE (10 mins straight towards the sea from Brighton Station)

INTO THE MELTING POT

Spain, July 1492 – the deadline for the expulsion of the Jews is only days away. 

At twilight a Jewish woman lights the lamps and starts up her spinning wheel. It is her last night in Seville.

She tunes into the voices of a community of Jewish, Christian and Muslim women down the centuries and from across the Spanish peninsula.

Women’s stories of integration, love, the rich cultural heritage of the Spanish peninsula and racial intolerance are played out to a soundtrack of plaintive Sephardic songs and lively medieval Cantigas and instrumentals. 

THE LILY AND THE ROSE - The Telling  Clare Norburn (soprano), Ariane Prussner (mezzo soprano) & Leah Stuttard (harp)   Brighton Early Music Festival @ St Paul's Church  28th October - 13th November 2016, info: www.bremf.org.uk  picture by Robert Piwko / www.robertpiwko.co.uk  www.facebook.com/RobertPiwkoPhotography  www.twitter.com/robertpiwko

THE LILY AND THE ROSE – The Telling
Clare Norburn (soprano), Ariane Prussner (mezzo soprano) & Leah Stuttard (harp)
Brighton Early Music Festival @ St Paul’s Church
picture by Robert Piwko /www.robertpiwko.co.uk

The Telling

Karren Winchester actor 

Patience Tomlinson actor as offstage voice, Queen Isabella

Clare Norburn soprano, writer

Ariane Prussner mezzo soprano, percussion

Joy Smith harp, percussion

Clare Salaman nyckelharpa

Giles Lewin oud

Natalie Rowland & Pitch Black Lighting lighting design

 

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