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From musical conundrums that must be solved to be sung, to tales of witty characters riddling their way out of trouble – or into a lover’s bed! – Cambridge Timeline Choir take on the full spectrum of riddles in song in their upcoming concert ‘Riddles Wisely Expounded’, a vocal pageant of puzzles at Emmanuel United Reformed Church on Saturday 14th July at 7.30pm.
Tracing the tradition back to the riddles and kennings of the Anglo-Saxon world, the programme meanders into the mysteries of the Middle English lyric and embraces the challenge of the renaissance musical enigma, before pursuing the twisting and turning narratives of English folk ballads all the way to the present day.
Mingling the medieval and modern, the concert will feature new works by composers Kerry Andrew, Iain Russell and Timeline Choir conductor Stef Conner, alongside pieces by Thomas Morley, Richard Sampson and John Dunstable, in addition to several centuries of beautiful traditional songs, collected and preserved by local poet John Clare and composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Timeline Choir is Cambridge’s very own heritage choir. The singers are drawn from the local community, and put on inspiring and accessible concerts bringing together ancient and modern music in the city’s historic venues. Their artistically ambitious and participatory programmes include compositions that breathe new life into old music, injecting an invigorating shot of contemporary imagination into the annals of history.
They rehearse every Thursday evening at St Barnabas Church on Mill Road in Cambridge. New members are always welcome! www.timelinesongs.org