Jane Austen – Songs of the Sea

Among the music in Jane Austen’s personal music collection are many songs about sailors and the sea, reminding us that Britain was at war for most of her lifetime, and that two of her brothers were naval officers. Our program includes songs about life at sea and coming home, songs about the wives and families left behind, sailor’s love songs, and songs about war and revolution.

Many of the songs are drawn from the rich folk heritage of the period. Others are written by composers including William Shield, Samuel Arnold, Stephen Storace and the prolific Charles Dibdin, whose comic and sentimental songs Austen seems to have been especially fond of. There are arrangements of Haydn and Handel tunes, and there is even a love song written by Matthew Flinders – the colleague of Jane Austen’s younger brother.

The Maritime Museum invites you to join us in celebrating the life, characters and stories of Austen for an evening produced and performed by:

  • Gillian Dooley (soprano)
  • Rachel Damarell (alto)
  • Christine Morphett (harp)
  • Linda Rankin (fiddle)
  • Emily Taylor (recorder)

The event is a two hour program, 90 minutes of performance and 20 minute interval.

Tickets are $30 adult and $25 concession/children under 16 years

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