MUSIC HAS BEEN A KEY THEME of the Magdalene Festival of Sound in recent weeks.
At the end of January, the College was honoured to welcome Dame Evelyn Glennie, who gave a lively, entertaining and inspiring talk on percussion, with performances on familiar instruments such as the snare drum and less familiar ones such as the water -phone. With enthusiastic audience participation, Dame Evelyn explored the different ways people engage with sound and she revealed for us the power of the physical in this process, and its rich interplay with an imaginative and emotional involvement.
The Concert to celebrate Samuel Pepys’s Life in Music which took place the following week attracted a large audience who enjoyed music played by Jonathan Hellyer-Jones on the harpsichord and by the Defleo consort with the baritone Dionysios Kyropoulos. The pieces would have been known to Pepys himself; and some were transcribed specially from manuscripts in his collection. We also heard of Pepys’s love of music in his own words: in a script produced by Jane Hughes (Director of English Studies) based on Samuel Pepys’s diaries, the actor and RADA teacher David Timson narrated, while Leighton Pugh — a familiar voice of Radio 4 — read the words of Pepys.
The concert coincided with the launch of an audio recording of the complete diary of Samuel Pepys, by permission of the College, read by Leighton Pugh with David Timson, and produced by Naxos. http://www.naxosaudiobooks.com/0174.htm
Details of Dionysios Kyropoulos’s edition of some Pepysian music is available here http://www.greenmanpress-music.co.uk/composer-details.php?s=morelli-cesare