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The Ascent of Song: the first million years

31/01/2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

£1 – £10

The Clerks
vocal sextet

The programme includes:

Medieval chants, songs and carols
Renaissance polyphony by Johannes Ockeghem, Giaches de Wert
Madrigals by Thomas Tomkins and Thomas Morley
New work by Christopher Fox

The Ascent of Song is a playful and thought-provoking look at the history of singing as a universal characteristic of human behaviour, with the help of the repertories both old and new. According to Charles Darwin, the origins of verbal communication lie in a musical ‘protolanguage’, in which speech and song were one. The Ascent of Song explores this ancestry, and the unexpected ways it is revealed in everyday experience. Here the polyphony of Ockeghem rubs shoulders with that of the Ba’aka tribes of the Congo, Medieval songs with those of Eastern Europe. The programme also features a new work by Christopher Fox, alongside music and sounds both exotic and commonplace. A sequence embracing madrigals and motherese, football chants and fa-la-las, in a unique celebration of that intrinsically human instinct: to sing.

Supported by the Radcliffe Trust


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Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Ticket Prices: Adults £10.00, Students £4.00, Under 18s £1.00
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7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
£1 – £10
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