In Voice and Verse
John Milton (1608-1674) is arguably England’s second greatest poet after Shakespeare. He was an outspoken protestant and republican, serving in Cromwell’s commonwealth government. He wrote some of his greatest poetry after going blind.
in voice: Soprano Belinda Yates, accompanied by Heather Chamberlain, sings a selection of songs inspired by Milton’s poems. Including pieces by George Frideric Handel, Franz Joseph Haydn, Thomas Arne, Henry Lawes, Geoffrey Shaw and Gerald Finzi.
and verse: Actor Lance Pierson brings Milton’s poems to life. He performs extracts that set Belinda’s songs in their context. As well as selections from Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes and the Sonnets, they give shortened concert performances of Il Penseroso, L’Allegro and the masque Comus.
Run Time: 2 x 45 minute halves plus interval.
Abridged Version: Approximately 1 hour with no interval.
During the performance we project many of the texts along with other images & information.
“Thank you so much for making the night such a success. I really think we put together a wonderful performance.”
Gayna Pelham, The National Gallery
“...[they] both enthralled and enlightened us.”
“...[their] intelligent and imaginative combination of song and verse truly added a third dimension to Milton’s work”
Father John Simpson, St John the Baptist Church, Little Missenden
A montage of short excerpts taken from our performance in Little Missenden - December 2009...
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