City of London Festival
The Froebel Gallery is pleased to be supporting the performance of a work by composer Ron Nagorcka for harpsichord, didgeridoo and Australian bush sounds.
a unique synthesis of sounds from European and Australian indigenous culture
Friday 29 June 2001, at 8 pm
Bear witness to how the first harpsichord came to arrive at Sydney Cove. Aptly and chillingly set in the Old Bailey, where John Grant was condemned to death in May 1803.
Readings from the diaries of John Grant alternate with baroque harpsichord music and a specially commissioned work with didgeridoo and Australian bush sounds by Ron Nagorcka.
For The Term of His Natural Life is part of the Clifford Chance Free International Series. Telephone 020 7377 0540 for more information.
My dearest Mother
Buying rum in San Salvador
The arrival at Sydney Cove
Unwelcome at Governor King’s garden party
The Second Trial
Norfolk Island, a place for troublesome convicts
Tea in Captain Symmonds’ cabin
An encounter with some natives
The newly-appointed Governor Macquarie visits Mrs Grant in
John Grant was the first person to bring a harpsichord to Australia. A disagreement with the guardian of the woman he loved lead to his conviction at the Old Bailey. After a petition to King George III, signed by 38 important people of the City of London, the death sentence was commuted to transportation for the term of his natural life to the penal settlement of New South Wales.
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