The Timeline Songs Christmas CD ‘Synge Nouwell‘ is available to order now!
Stef Conner’s Timeline Songs is a community singing project producing inspiring and accessible arts events that bring together ancient and modern music in some of the UK’s most beautiful heritage venues. Its artistically ambitious and participatory programmes breathe new life into old music and inject an invigorating shot of contemporary imagination into the annals of history, through the creation of new works inspired by historical themes.
Stef founded Timeline Songs in 2012 with a mission to break down perceived barriers between musical styles, by focusing on the deep connections that unify different types of music and by demystifying both obscure ancient and challenging modern music through education and participation. This is done through performances, workshops and themed come and sing events, in which participants spend a day in an unusual historic building, exploring its epoch and the stories connected with it, and singing music from and inspired by the period. Timeline Songs has two resident CHOIRS, which rehearse weekly in Okewood Hill, Surrey and Mill Road, Cambridge.
Highlights of the Timeline Songs programme have thus far included a Shakespearean song-fest with Juice Vocal Ensemble, lute songs from scratch in a renaissance refectory, a musical medieval bake-off, Norman church tours led by local historians, Old English language lessons alongside performances of contemporary music with Old English texts, Vaughan Williams’ music performed in his childhood home, compositions inspired by the natural world in the picturesque Surrey Hills, music by English composers who died in the Great War performed amid World War I frescoes, Victorian art songs and folk music… and lots of English medieval music, including Saxon and Norman drinking songs, advent antiphons, polyphony, medieval carols, Middle English lullabies and even a winter plainchant to ward off the black death!
For information about Timeline Songs, please visit www.timelinesongs.org
Cambridge Timeline Choir with Juice Vocal Ensemble sing the first ever Timeline Songs commission, Two Bird Proverbs by Kerry Andrew, as part of the British Bard-Song! project.