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King Harald’s Saga and New Song Composition from students of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama

The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London

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  • Sunday 22 May 2016
    PLEASE NOTE: This Date Has Passed
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Room 10, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

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  • Dr Charlotte de Mille - The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Icelandic Saga of King Harald provided the inspiration for perhaps the shortest 3-Act monodrama in music, at just under 10 minutes. Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, relates the story through soprano voice alone in a compelling and demanding role that sees the singer assume multiple characters. It is performed today by Mimi Dalton at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. King Harald’s Saga (1979) is paired with new song compositions from students of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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