“Then Spoke the thunder”

Then spoke the thunder event

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

VoxBox: “Then Spoke the Thunder” A musical exploration of “The Waste Land”.

Mon 29 Oct, 7.30pm  £8 (£6)

Recital Hall

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

200 Jennens Road


B4 7XR

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

Lines 332-330

There is not even silence in the mountains
But dry sterile thunder without rain

Lines 341-342

In a flash of lightning. Then a damp gust
Bringing rain

Lines 393-394

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

Lines 395-399

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