Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
VoxBox: “Then Spoke the Thunder” A musical exploration of “The Waste Land”.
Mon 29 Oct, 7.30pm £8 (£6)
200 Jennens Road
Written in 1922, T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” remains one of the most influential poems of the last century. The poem is a crowded thoroughfare of competing voices, each jostling for attention. In this, the first of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire new VoxBox series, we explore the essential role that music plays in this at times barren, at times deafening landscape.
Then Spoke The Thunder is inspired by Journeys with “The Waste Land’’, an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 15 Sep – 18 Nov 2018.
An amazing interpretation of “The Waste Land” in music performed by students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Events page.
V. What the Thunder Said
After the torchlight red on sweaty faces
After the frosty silence in the gardens
After the agony in stony places
The shouting and the crying
Prison and palace and reverberation
Of thunder of spring over distant mountains
He who was living is now dead
We who were living are now dying
With a little patience
There is not even silence in the mountains
But dry sterile thunder without rain
In a flash of lightning. Then a damp gust
Ganga was sunken, and the limp leaves
Waited for rain, while the black clouds
Gathered far distant, over Himavant.
The jungle crouched, humped in silence.
Then spoke the thunder