Hail, nobly born, hail, honoured and inviolate, you Maiden are the piercing gaze of chastity…’
This concert series will explore the Virgin Mary in the context of Christian and Classical concepts of femininity, virginity, chastity, and the heavenly ideal of perfect ‘womanhood’. How has the idea of the infallible Virgin been used to pit women against other women? How have women subverted this rhetoric historically, and how do we do it today?
Music from Hildegard to Verdi will explore celebrations of the Virgin in different contexts, while fragments of Sappho and erotic portraits of Venus consider womanhood and sexuality in a Classical setting. Weaving away from the idealised femininity of the Virgin, we will consider the experiences of historical women, bringing new life to Anne Boleyn’s last words, relating the exciting legend of St Frideswide, and performing Monteverdi’s complex depiction of Poppea, the ill-fated wife of Emperor Nero. The concert will end far away from the realm of the heavenly Virgin with excerpts from Monteverdi’s Ballo delle ingrate, which addresses the women in the audience with a stark warning…
‘…You ladies would have been happy had fate made you less cruel and inhuman, or less graceful and beautiful: poor wretches, o poor wretches!’
Featuring works by Britten, Strozzi, Gjeilo, Guerrero and Verdi, amongst many more (full programme to be published in coming weeks).
We’d love to see you there – and please join us in the pub after the concert to keep the conversation flowing.
December 16, 7.30 pm – Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street
December 17, 8 pm- St Cuthbert’s, Earl’s Court
Tickets available online (on our website, www.korriganconsort.com or eventbrite) or on the door. £15/£10 (under 26)