The Meeting project – John Clare – new music

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The final element of the ‘The Meeting’ 1820 anniversary project at Oxford Brookes University is now freely available online, here.

Towards the bottom of that page you will find a series of audio recordings entitled “melodys of earth & sky”: new musical compositions by Julian Philips, in dialogue with new readings of Clare by Toby Jones.

Julian’s ‘creative transcriptions’ are rewritings of tunes from Clare’s own versions of folksongs. Clare read and wrote music, and played the fiddle. Julian’s reimaginings of these tunes put the violin of Ionel Manciu in playful, sportive dialogue with the clarinets of Kate Romano. In further thematic, tonal conversation with these new instrumental songs, are a selection of poems, performed by Toby Jones, and chosen by Julian and SImon Kövesi.

An album (CD and other media) will be released by the NMC record label in the autumn. This project was made possible by funding from Arts Council England, the John Clare Society and Oxford Brookes University.

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