Lancashire dialect in song
Kate Molleson explores dialect in Manchester's broadside ballads, and talks to Matthew Herbert about his new book.
In the latest feature about the connections between language and music around the British Isles, Kate Molleson is in Manchester to explore local dialect in song with Jennifer Reid, a researcher and singer of broadside ballads from the city's industrial communities of the mid-19th century.
And at Leith Hill Place, Vaughan Williams' childhood home in the Surrey hills, the historian and music writer Andrew Green suggests a fresh way of listening to the composer's pastoral music, placing it in the context of the great agricultural depression from the 1870s to 90s.
Kate drops in on rehearsals for Rambert's new production, the first full-length ballet set to music by Lutosławski. Based on a drama by the Spanish playwright Calderon, in which a prince is locked inside a tower, Life Is a Dream is an exploration of silence and the private spaces where creative imaginations fly. Kate meets the choreographer Kim Brandstrup, conductor Paul Hoskins, dancers Stephen Quildan and Simone Damberg Würtz, and sound designer Ian Dearden.
Plus the composer and audio pioneer Matthew Herbert's new album, which is actually a book, The Music: A novel in sound. Kate asks Matthew about this ambitious project to open our ears to a universe of sound, and we hear passages from the book read by Skye Hallam.
Life is a Dream - Lutosławski
Andrew Green (Vaughan Williams)
Matthew Herbert (The Music)
Role Contributor Presenter Kate Molleson Interviewed Guest Jennifer Reid Interviewed Guest Andrew Green Interviewed Guest Kim Brandstrup Interviewed Guest Paul Hoskins Interviewed Guest Stephen Quildan Interviewed Guest Simone Damberg Wurtz Interviewed Guest Ian Dearden Interviewed Guest Matthew Herbert