Ethereally beautiful and haunting music, by Palestrina and de Rore, with Hildegard-like range and melody accompanying the key points of Sarah Dunant’s best selling book Sacred Hearts (as Featured on Channel 4’s Book Club)
This year the ECEM Festival is delighted and proud to present the Irish Premiere of Sacred Hearts, Secret Music – a fascinating and uplifting blend of theatre, music and word based on Sarah Dunant’s best-selling novel Sacred Hearts.
This, our closing performance on Sunday at 4pm, is staged within the gothic grandeur of St Colman’s Cathedral in the gorgeous harbour town of Cobh. The interior with its delicate carvings, beautiful arches and mellow lighting is the ideal setting to take us into the hidden world and music of convent life in sixteenth century Italy.
Directed by Deborah Roberts, narrated by the author herself and featuring the ethereal voices of Musica Secreta, the Celestial Sirens and the ECEM Festival Singers this is an event not to be missed.
Dressed as nuns, the singers complemented Ms Dunant’s reading perfectly. Yes, it was a sweltering day, yes we were in the heart of London, but for an hour the author’s words, the singers’ voices and the incredibly accomplished sound / lighting /stage arrangements transported us to a cold, austere 16th-century convent.
London Literature Festival 2009