Into the Melting Pot: Stories & Music of 1492 Spain

Into the Melting Pot: Stories & Music of 1492 Spain

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St Michael in Lewes

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Stories of love, community & racial intolerance of Jewish, Christian & Muslim women in 1492 Spain with Sephardic & medieval music.

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A concertplay by Clare Norburn.

Spain, 1492. At twilight on her final night in Seville, a Jewish woman, played by actor, lights the lamps. She is being forced to leave Spain and set sail for an uncertain future. Her story echoes down the ages as well as to the personal stories of people affected by politics and war today. She tunes into voices of a community of Jewish, Christian and Muslim women from across the Spanish peninsula.

Down the centuries, women’s stories of integration, love, the rich cultural heritage of the Spanish peninsula and racial intolerance are played out to a soundtrack of plaintive Sephardic songs and lively medieval music performed by The Telling, with full staging and stunning lighting. Be transported back to 15th century Seville!

"Past and present, truth and fantasy, real and imagined come together in a tightly knit and intimate drama. The personal narrative is embedded neatly within historical, cultural and political contexts...”
Opera Today on a concertplay by Clare Norburn


Suzanne Ahmet as Blanca

Clare Norburn voice

Maya Levy voice

Emily Baines recorders

Giles Lewin fiddle, oud

Joy Smith harp, percussion

This performance of Into the Melting Pot is supported by a grant from Continuo Foundation, Scops Arts Trust, Sylvia Waddilove Foundation, The Marchus Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation and The Souter Charitable Trust and Angel Early Music.

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