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Music and Word: A Season in Granada

Vanessa Redgrave and Melvyn Tan bring to life sun-baked Andalusian scenes and sounds with music and writing inspired by southern Spain.

‘…a green-purple moon appeared in the bluish mists of the Sierra Nevada, and just across the street a woman was singing a cradle song that tangled itself into the landscape like a golden streamer.’

–  From ‘A Season in Granada’ by Federico García Lorca

Join pianist Melvyn Tan and multi award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave for an evening of music and word inspired by sun-baked Andalucía.

Death, desire, ancient folklore, Catholicism, flamenco, fiesta and bullfight are all here in vivid rhythm, colour and passionate virtuosity, with music by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Enrique Granados and Isaac Albéniz. The transporting music is interwoven with excerpts from poems and novels by Spain’s great symbolist Federico García Lorca, the modernist poet Antonio Machado and the writer Laurie Lee who walked across the vast country.

Bloomsbury is here too with letters and diary entries by Virginia Woolf who travelled by train and donkey to visit writer Gerald Brenan in the Andalucían hills.