Eilmer! (Hughes & Scanlon) – December 2010

In December 2010 The Malmesbury Singers sang some traditional Christmas music and carols in a lead up to the performance of the “home-grown” Eilmer! Composed by John Hughes, libretto by Mike Scanlon.

Complete details as follows:

Eilmer (Hughes & Scanlon)

Introducing: Oscar Manners as “Young Eilmer” Richard Oxley – Eilmer Adrian Johnson – Abbot Jane Henderson – Abbess Dick Jowitt – A Monk Tony Royle – A Drunk Megan Mills – A Drunk Colin Woodfield – Narrator

Conductor: Iain Duffin Accompanist: John Hughes

Instrumentalists: Harry Smith – Violin Julia Poynton – Flute Julia Smith – Cello Janet Barton – Organ John Hughes – Keyboard Percussionist – Megan Mills Kathy Wyatt – Eilmer drawing

The last performance of Eilmer took place in March 2001 amid cries of “when can we hear it again!” It tells the story of a monk named Eilmer who was allegedly the first human to attempt flight using some home-made wings, back in 1010 AD.

Please click here for a write up by Chris Jager following the premiere of “Eilmer” in March 2001. (a new window will open, just click the close button to return to this page).