• 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.

Vision at Brighton Early Music Festival with Niamh Cusack reading Hildegard

We’re thrilled that we’re going to be joined by the wonderful actress Niamh Cusack, who wilNiamh Cusackl 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

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On Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour & at BREMF 2010

It was a big day for us today as all the members of The Telling turned up bright and early at Broadcasting House for our sound check for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Jenni Murray interviewed Clare about our new Unsung Heroine programme which is based on the “imagined history” of Beatriz de Dia. Clare has written the script and we performed (very short!) extracts from both the script and the music – including Beatriz’s surviving song, A Chantar.

We’ve had amazing feedback since we went on air. So if you missed it, here is the link to the Listen Again page:
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vhfg2 Layil and Emily play a short introduction to the entire programme and then we’re on properly from about 30 minutes in.

You can catch the full Unsung Heroine performance at the Brigthon Early Music Festival on Saturday, 6th November at 8pm at St Andrew’s Church, Waterloo Street, Hove. Visit www.bremf.org.uk to buy tickets.

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