The Song of Arms and a Man
Saturday 5th October, 2019, 7 – 9pm
Hosts: The Guildford Classical Association
Godalming, Surrey GU7 2DE
What an incredible evening. I was totally absorbed, how tragic it all was, and how beautifully performed. It was such a privilege to get ‘close’ to Virgil and to experience a little of how it would have been all those years ago.
I just wanted to say that it was a delightful evening on Saturday and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even though I can’t speak Latin, it sounded very emotional and moving; just like travelling back in time and sitting in the middle of a theatre! The performers were brilliant and what a wonderful performance it was!
The Song of Arms and a Man tells the story of Aeneas’ escape from Troy, his stay with Dido and his struggle to fulfil his destiny as founder of Rome. These Latin readings from Virgil’s Aeneid are selective, but with the help of an English narration tell the whole story of the poem, rarely heard, in a unique presentation of the original verse, echoing the ancient culture of public performance of poetry.
George Sharpley’s adaptation of this extraordinarily musical poem is read by Emma Kirkby, Matthew Hargreaves, Elizabeth Donnelly and Llewelyn Morgan.
This is for all, including those new to Latin.
Matthew Hargreaves reads from Aeneas’ visit to the underworld.
Arms and a Man is an enthralling and exciting performance, and such a treat, to hear the nuances and power of Virgil’s original Latin, but so engagingly done thanks to the involvement of such experts – not only in the pronunciation and meaning of the Latin, but also in the timeless communication of the characters’ personalities and foibles. I enjoyed this evening enormously, and I would say that for anyone interested in the Aeneid, it is an absolute must-see!
Andy Keen, Head of Classics, Bristol Grammar School
I thought the performance was inspiring. I loved the selections, and all of the performances were a joy. Very entertaining.
Todd Beamish, Head of General Studies, Pates Grammar School
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