• 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.

Hildegard at Stoke Newington Festival: 9 July 2016 with Jan Chappell

jan_chappellThis week we are excited to be at the Stoke Newington Early Music Festival – performing Vision: the imagined history of Hildegard von Bingen on Saturday 9 July 2016 at 7.30pm.

We’re particularly excited to be working with acclaimed actress Jan Chappell (pictured).

Jan Chappell, actress as Hildegard
Clare Norburn and Yvonne Eddy singers
Kaisa Pulkkinen harp

Blurring the boundaries of drama/concert, this event explores the extraordinary life of Hildegard of Bingen, alongside her haunting and distinctive chant, with candlelight. ‘Vision’ aims to give an insight into the painful visionary experiences Hildegard suffered.

Details of how to book tickets (£12 to £15), are here: http://stokenewingtonearlymusic.org.uk/tickets/

And The Telling is having a busy year.  We’ve just done a residency in June at the Stroud Green Festival to develop our new programme The Lily and the Rose (which we are also performing at Brighton Early Music Festival on 4 November 2016) – and we also performed our old favourite Unsung Heroine.   There are pictures here on Facebook  We’re also performing Vision again on 8 November 2016 for Leamington Music in Warwick.  We hope to see you at a concert soon.

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

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
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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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