The Telling brings you three intimate 'concert-theatre' pieces to mark International Women’s Day 2019, transporting you back in time through plaintive ballads, lively dance music and dramatic narrative. We celebrate the lives of three extraordinary women who defy the strictures of their age and whose stories are both of their time but also startlingly contemporary.
Clare Norburn, soprano
Ariane Prussner mezzo, percussion
Joy Smith harp, percussion
Giles Lewin, Vielle
Fatima Lahham, recorders
Lighting design Natalie Rowland & Pitch Black Lighting
Friday 1 March 2019
6:30pm – 7:20pm (lecture)
HILDEGARD OF BINGEN with Fiona Maddocks, classical music critic The Observer.
VISION: The imagined testimony of Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard’s personal narrative alongside performances of her mesmeric chant.
Tickets £32, £25, £18, £15, students £5 off, under 18s 50% off
Saturday 2 March 2019
3:00 - 4:40pm
UNSUNG HEROINE: The Secret Life of Troubadour Countess Beatriz de Dia
With words and music, The Telling imagines the story of the redoubtable Beatriz, a feisty woman troubadour, caught between her loveless marriage and a passionate affair with a fellow troubadour.
Tickets £20, £12, £8, students £5 off, under 18s 50% off
6.30 – 7:20pm (lecture)
BEARDED WOMEN SAINTS with Dr Mark Philpott
Mark Philpott clears away misconceptions and provides explanations of a popular cult.
8:00pm – 9:40pm
INTO THE MELTING POT
The lives and music of Christian, Jewish and Arabic women in medieval Spain. It is the eve of the expulsion of the Jews, in Seville at twilight a Jewish woman lights the lamps and starts up her spinning wheel.
£32, £25, £18, £15, students £5 off, under 18s 50% off.
A Music at Oxford/SJE Arts collaboration