The Telling - Into The Melting Pot: the lives and soundtrack of Christian, Jewish and Arabic women in medieval Spain (Music at Oxford)

When: March 2 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.


Spain, July 1492: the deadline for the expulsion of the Jews is days away. At twilight, a Jewish woman lights the lamps and starts up her spinning wheel. It is her last night in Seville. She tunes into voices of a community of Jewish, Christian and Muslim women from across the Spanish peninsula. Down the centuries, women’s stories of integration, love, the rich cultural heritage of the Spanish peninsula and racial intolerance are played out to a soundtrack of plaintive Sephardic songs and lively medieval Cantigas and instrumentals which fuse Christian, Jewish and Arabic instrumentation and styles. With atmospheric candlelight and lighting design.

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


Saturday 2 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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