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The Imagined Testimony of Hildegard of Bingen
March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm£1 – £39
Hildegard of Bingen was a very special woman. She would have been regarded as such, were she
living today, but in the 12th century she was a phenomenon. It’s her unmistakeable, serene spell-
weaving music of devotion – think Gregorian chant, then think freedom – that brought her to our
modern attention. But she was so much more than a composer.
She walked this earth 900 years ago but the Benedictine abbess of the German Rhineland is an
inspirational modern female icon – and the unofficial patron saint of BBC Radio’s Woman’s Hour’.
The global eco-entrepreneur of our neighbouring Littlehampton, Anita Roddick, was a big admirer.
The present social climate around gender has further projected her into being an influential spiritual
and philosophical presence for women.
What exactly did she do? Take a deep breath . . .
Hildegarde of Bingen was a writer, poet, natural historian, private linguist, philosopher, natural
healer, monastic founder, diplomat, dramatist, composer, visionary and mystic. A polymath so
respected she advised many all-powerful men in thrall – bishops, kings, the Pope himself – yet was
universally accorded sainthood in only 2012.
Now to St Paul’s Worthing on March 21, the International Interview Concerts bring The Telling with
‘Vision – The Imagined Testimony of Hlldegard of Bingen’. It’s’ in a follow-up to this London group’s
successful debut appearance here on December 19 with their touring candlelight show of medieval
and traditional carols, ‘Christmas Past’.
The Telling trademark approach to concert matches ours at The Interview International Concerts in
its inclusiveness and its melting of margins between concert, drama, and show, to create a more
informative and multi-dimensional entertainment.
Clare Norburn creates concert-plays which tell stories about strong figures or significant phases in
musical history. Gesualdo and Beethoven are two individual subjects of work now bringing her
recognition across the country through radio broadcasts and live performances in London and at key
regional events. On 5 January 2019, her concert-play about Purcell was performed at LSO St Luke’s in
London’s Baroque at the Edge Festival at The Barbican.
In ‘Vision’, Norburn escorts us to Hildegard in her final hours looking back down her life and all the
obstacles and opposition she faced to overcome and follow her visions, to reach her aims and
personal fulfilment – often at painful expense. And this concert-play will flow to the hypnotic and
haunting sound of her songs and early medieval forms of chant.
See Clare’s video about ‘Vision’ here: https://www.thetelling.co.uk/programmesIn the special ambience we create at St Paul’s, again also with our guests Bewitched and their stall of
appropriate gifts, it will be a distinctive event and another significant one in our development of
presented music in Worthing.
The Telling’s line-up is purpose-built for each different show. As for ‘Christemas Past’, their ‘Vision’
line-up will include an actor, not a reader this time but someone playing Hildegard (to be named).
Again there will be the two singers Ariane Prussner and Norburn herself (who for ‘Christemas Past’
was ill and replaced at 24 hours’ notice by Chloe Lam), and again a harpist, Leah Stuttart (instead of
Kaisa Pulkkinen) who also sings.
As usual, seating is unreserved, it’s 7pm for 7.30pm, and the full evening includes interviewing and
interactive audience Q&A.
Tickets from St Paul’s cafe in person or online from seetickets.com
£11 Adult with up to 2 paying Under-19s
£10 Worthing Symphony Society members
£5 Under-25s and Students
We hope you enjoy and are inspired by this special evening.
Richard Amey & Tim Chick
The International Interview Concerts
Vision at St Pauls is co-funded by Arts Council England and Ambache Charitable Trust