The Telling - Vision: the Imagined Testimony of Hildegard von Bingen (Music at Oxford)

When: March 1 2019

Where: Oxford, United Kingdom


Empowered Women Trilogy at Music At Oxford In celebration of International Women's Day

Blurring the boundaries of what a concert is, 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. The Empowered Women Trilogy celebrates the lives of three extraordinary women who defy the strictures of their time and whose stories are both of their time but also startlingly contemporary.


Vision is an atmospheric candlelit show with a personal narrative by the extraordinary Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) alongside performances of her mesmeric chant. The show gives an insight into the painful visionary experiences Hildegard suffered throughout her life, covering some of the core emotional moments in her life. It is “an imagined testimony” as Hildegard lies on her deathbed, revisiting and re-experiencing meaningful episodes from her past, including the moment when she was taken from her family at the age of 8 and when she made the decision at the age of 42 to finally talk about and write down her visions.

Performed by The Telling:
Clare Norburn - Soprano
Ariane Prussner - Mezzo & Percussion
Joy Smith - Harp & Percussion
Giles Lewin - Vielle
Fatima Lahham - Recorders
Actor as Hildegard TBC
Natalie Rowland & Pitch Black Lighting - Lighting Design


Friday 1 March 2019, 8pm
SJE Arts (St John's Church), Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 1EH

Tickets: £7.50 - £32 available from Music at Oxford <> or on the door.


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