Edward Lear The Musician
SUNDAY 07 JUNE - 3:00 PM
David Owen Norris presenter, piano
Sara Lodge presenter
Mark Wilde tenor
Hannah Wilde treble
Helen Sanderson guitar
Bethany Lee flute
Martha Raban double bass
Southampton University Chamber Choir
An afternoon exploring a little known aspect of the work of the great Victorian polymath: distinguished wildlife artist, drawing-master to Queen Victoria, purveyor of sublime Nonsense, from There was an old man with a beard to The Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò – and singer-songwriter.
The programme will include Lear’s acclaimed musical settings of the verses of his friend Alfred Tennyson, and the comic songs he loved to sing after dinner, along with his favourite musical version of The Owl & the Pussy-Cat. Limericks, of course, including some new ones, set both by his friends and by current Southampton students. And the premiere of Letters from Lear, a moving musical biography by David Owen Norris, who will direct the concert. Dr Sara Lodge, whose new book Inventing Edward Lear is published by Harvard University Press, will put everything in context.
The tenor, Mark Wilde, will take the part of Lear in the new piece: his daughter Heather, a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral, will sing the treble solos.
Ticket price includes complimentary cup of tea and slice of cake
Presented in association with the English and Music Departments of the University of Southampton
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