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21/11/2011 Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, The Wellensian Consort

Presented by Sean Rafferty.

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments formed in 2010 to raise the profile of unusual early music instruments, such as the hurdy-gurdy, nyckelharpa and theorbo. Members of the Society perform live in the studio with a selection of instruments.

The Wellensian Consort, who met while singing with the choirs of Wells Cathedral School, won the coveted title of Choir of the Year in 2010. They sing live and talk to Sean ahead of a special St Cecilia's concert at London's Cadogan Hall.

Finally Sean welcomes composer Errollyn Wallen and writer Bonnie Greer to the In Tune studio to talk about their collaboration on a new opera for the Royal Opera House. 'Yes' is based on Greer's experiences of the notorious Question Time in which she appeared with the BNP leader Nick Griffin.

Plus "My Essential Symphony" with Harriet Walter

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Mon 21 Nov 2011 16:30

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