Hearing Enchantment: Music Through Theosophy

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The Fry Street Quartet performed a concert that explored the connections between music and Theosophy as part of the Leverhulme-funded network Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy and the Arts, 1875-1960. This included rarely heard works from the twentieth-century British composers Cyril Scott and John Foulds. Scott found inspiration in the writings of Theosophical Society founder Helena Blavatsky, and Foulds worked for a time on behalf of the Society as director of music at the London headquarters. The concert closed with the music of Beethoven, a favourite musical topic in Theosophical journals and one of the composers often celebrated by Theosophists.

The Programme

John Foulds Aquarelles (Music-Pictures Group II) Op. 32 13’

Cyril Scott String Quartet, no. 2 (1958) 23’

* Intermission *

Beethoven String Quartet in F, Op. 59 #1 40’

The Tour

6 MAY 2014


School of Music, Corbett Road, CF10 3EB


Concert Hall

With a talk by Prof. Rachel Cowgill (Cardiff) and Dr. Chris Scheer (Utah State University), 6pm

7 MAY 2014


50 Gloucester Place, London, W1U 8EA


Lecture Room

With pre-concert talk by Dr. James Mansell, 6.30pm

9 MAY 2014


Heslington, York, YO10 5DD


3Sixty Space, Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East

With Reception at the Pioneering Spirit: Maud MacCarthy - Mysticism, Music and Modernity Exhibition, Borthwick Institute, 5.30pm