Concert Diary

Women Mystics at Twilight in candlelight at Stroud Green Festival:

Thurs 22 June, 9pm – 10pm

Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road, London N4 4EL (nearest tube Finsbury Park or Crouch Hill)

Event Details

See in the twilight with mesmerising music by medieval Abbess Hildegard of Bingen and haunting medieval music from England with poetry by local poet Sarah Law inspired by Hildegard and English mystics Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich (and her imagined conversation with Sufi mystic and poet Rumi).  This concert is dedicated to anyone affected by the tragic terrrorist incident at Finsbury Park on Sunday night.

The Telling:
Clare Norburn soprano
Ariane Prussner mezzo
Sarah Law poet

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2. Unsung Heroine at Stoke Newington Early Music Festival
Saturday 15 July, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

St Mary’s Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street N16 9ES

Event details

The Telling:

Jan Chappell actor
Clare Norburn soprano & writer
Joy Smith harp, percussion
Clare Salaman  nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy

Unsung Heroine: The imagined history of troubadour Countess Beatriz de Dia

A blending of history and fiction, this intimate concert/play takes you back to the heady atmosphere 12th century Provence with plaintive songs and foot-stomping medieval dances.

Jan Chappell plays the redoubtable Beatriz, a feisty woman troubadour, trapped in a loveless marriage.  She meets fellow troubadour Raimbaut d’Aurenga and they embark on a passionate affair. But Beatriz has enemies at court and as summer moves to autumn and events spiral inevitably towards their conclusion, Beatriz channels her feelings into her song A Chantar, the only troubadour song by a woman, where both poetry and melody survive.


3. Brighton Early Music  Festival

A new programme of Spanish medieval music

on Thursday, 9 November at St Paul’s Church, Brighton