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Department of English Studies

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This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

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Nuncle Music: An evening of Poetry, Music and Painting with Gareth Reeves, Edward Cheesman and Barrie Ormsby

18th October 2013, 17:30 to 19:00, Durham Cathedral Prior's Hall, Gareth Reeves, Edward Cheesman, Barrie Ormsby

<em >Nuncle Music<span > consists of monologues from beyond the grave by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Hindsight, guilt, and tricks of memory play their part in his vivid psycho-drama. The sequence reflects ‘the Shostakovich wars’ that have raged ever since the composer’s death in 1975. Was he a dissident or a dissembler? Were his the politics of conformity, resistance, or survival – or a tense, ultimately inscrutable, tangle of all these? Gareth Reeves will read his <em >Nuncle Music<span > poems in the beautiful setting of Durham Cathedral, where he will be joined by pianist Edward Cheesman and painter Barrie Ormsby.

Co-organised by Durham Book Festival and the Centre for Poetry and Poetics.

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