The Narrative of Music

C:\Users\USER\Pictures\P6121142.jpgMusic, perhaps more efficiently than any other art form except literature itself, tells stories. The immediacy of musical apprehension carries with it another dimension through and beyond sound, that of suggestion, taking the happy listener to other realms which transcend the mundane or humdrum. And the received effect may be startlingly vivid: Vaughan Williams' Lark Ascending conjures a bird swooping and hanging effortlessly in the wind with a simple, and much-improvised violin solo; Purcell's Dido's Lament transports the biddable ear to a Carthage of the imagination, where the solitary, pitiful figure of the queen is watching her world crumble in the loss of empire and lover; Kate Bush's Moments of Pleasure, by contrast, opens the listener's mind to his or her own elegiac longings by revealing the singer's own lost friends. It is not difficult to find our own locators, our own personal charms, in pieces of meaningful music; we bring our individual hopes, dreams and regrets to the table and are sometimes rewarded with a window on the sublime.

And who knows what mind-treasures will be revealed on Saturday 30th April at the Meeting House in Airton. In a varied programme of music, the renowned cello trio of Christine Dittman, Clive Walkley  and Jacqui Ogden, are guaranteed to tickle the imaginative palette. The trio will give a recital gleaned from several historical periods, creating their own stories in melody in this picturesque village in the heart of the Dales.


Venue:  The Quaker Meeting House at Airton

Date:  Sunday 30th April at 3pm

Free admission but donations gratefully received. All monies will go direct to Skipton & Craven Refugees.

Refreshments provided.