Free Thinking: Thomas More's Utopia
At Radio 3's Free Thinking weekend, Lucie Skeaping and Dr Joanne Paul discuss Thomas More's socio-political satire 'Utopia', with music from the period sung by The Ebor Singers.
Lucie Skeaping is in Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking weekend, which this year has the theme of "the one and the many". Lucie will be joined by current New Generation Thinker, Dr Joanne Paul of Sussex University to discuss the events and music which shaped More's thinking whilst he was writing his socio-political satire 'Utopia'. In the text, More presents an imagined society where the common good is privileged over the desires of the individual: a vision quite different to the powerful tyrants, strife-ridden politics, and religious turmoil of the Renaissance. Music plays an important role in Utopian society and this programme will explore the composers who influenced More, from Fayrfax to Josquin. Highlights of their music will be performed by The Ebor Singers - a York-based vocal ensemble acclaimed for their fresh insight and vibrant musicality.