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Why Music? The Descent of Language
27 September, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pmFree
According to Darwin, the origins of verbal communication lie in a musical ‘protolanguage’, in which speech and song were one.
The Descent of Language is a playful exploration of this ancestry and the unexpected ways it is revealed in everyday experience. Performed by vocal ensemble The Clerks and including audience participation, the programme features new works by Christopher Fox and Edward Wickham alongside music and sounds both exotic and commonplace (a sequence embracing madrigals and ‘motherese’, football chants and fa-la-las) in a unique celebration of that intrinsically human instinct – to sing. Presented by Sarah Walker, with contributions from Ian Cross.
Speakers and performers
- Edward Wickham, Fellow and Director of Music at St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, and director of The Clerks
- Christopher Fox, composer
- Ian Cross, Professor of Music and Science, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge
- Sarah Walker, musician, writer and broadcaster.
This event is FREE. Tickets will become available below from 11.00 on Friday 28 August.