"I read The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings back in the '60s," Jordan begins, "when they were very new, and attended the launch in London in 1967 of a recording of some of the songs set to music by Donald Swann where I met Professor Tolkien. I've wanted to share these songs, in their lyrical and poetic settings, with audiences-and at last I've found a chance to."
The excerpts from the trilogy, comprised of songs and poems, are conveyed acoustically to enhance the simplicity and lucidity of words.
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"I've heard settings by others that make the songs sound Irish, or swamp them in ethereal, synthesised sounds," explains Jordan, "There's none of that in our show — just people, brass instruments, my big gong, and two lovely singers [Robert Dora and Samantha Frazer."
Despite the unembellished nature of the performance, the creative process involved an abundance of planning, organising and, well, devouring a bucketload of Tolkien's books.
"I went through [them] and chose sections about Frodo, Sam and the other hobbits; Tom Bombadil and Goldberry; the Elves Galadriel and Legolas; Treebeard the Ent; King Theoden, the Rohirrim and Aragorn; and Sam's discovery of Frodo in Cirith Ungol. Then I wrote a script."
What: One Show To Rule Them All
When & Where: 1 - 3 Oct, St Stephen's Anglican Church