How do we hear the past when sound is ephemeral?  This event, a collaboration between St Francis Xavier University SSHRC postdoctoral fellow (and King’s Alum) Dr. Jacqueline Wylde, BA(Hons)02, and the King’s chapel choir under the direction of Dr. Neil Cockburn, asks this question by bringing the long forgotten English metrical psalms to contemporary ears.

Dr. Wylde offers a sonic investigation into the cultural meaning of the congregationally-sung psalms in post-Reformation England, considering how their shifts in meaning through the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are both reflected in, and changed by, the sound of the psalms.

The choir will vocally enact this research, and experiment with the ways in which the psalms were sung, while the audience will be invited to participate through singing.

All welcome. Reception to follow.


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