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

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).