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www.lyre-of-ur.com
Andy Lowings


Tel: +44 (0) 1733 253068
info@lyre-of-ur.com

 
 

Presentations &
Performances

 
FORTHCOMING EVENTS
 

 

 
RECENT EVENTS

 

Wednesday, October 12 2016

PRESENTATION AT
LOUGHBOROUGH GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Andy Lowings,
old boy of Loughborough Grammar School,
and Jennifer Sturdy (née Ollé),
old girl of Loughborough High School, spoke to the
Classics Society about the Gold Lyre of Ur Project.

They received a very warm welcome and the pupils
asked very interesting questions and were
clearly absolutely fascinated to hear the
story of the making of the instrument,
and to see it in reality.

There was not the opportunity to give a performance,
but hopefully this may be arranged at a later date.

It was a great trip down memory lane
for Andy and Jennifer,
reminiscing about teachers who had
had a formative effect on them.
It was impressive to see that the school
has maintained an interest in teaching
Latin, Ancient Greek and Classical Civilisation.

                   
 

Saturday, September 24 2016

Anglo Iraqi Study Centre
289 Cricklewood Broadway
London NW2 6NX

The Legacy of Mesopotamia,
illustrated with the Gold Lyre of Ur

The Anglo Iraqi Study Centre, London,
offered a warm welcome to Andy Lowings,
who talked about the amazing influence that
the culture of ancient Mesopotamia
has given to the whole world.
He illustrated this with pictures of the research
made by the Lyre Project,
in the course of the reconstruction of the
Gold and Silver Lyres of Ur.

    

The audience was most enthusiastic,
taking many photos of the lyre itself,
and also some of the ladies who tried on
the gold and lapis lazuli choker necklace,
a replica of the one worn by Queen Pu Abi,
found in the excavations of the Royal Graves in Ur.

Many thanks to Nadeem Al Abdalla for organising this event:
we look forward to returning some time in the future.

 

Tuesday 19 April 2016

PALMYRA ARCH: TRAFALGAR SQUARE LONDON

The world was shocked by the destruction of the Roman arch in Palmyra, Syria.
Amazingly, by using digital archaeology, it has been possible to create a two thirds sized replica, which was unveiled in London on Tuesday 19 April.

The Lyre Ensemble was invited to perform as part of the opening ceremony, in front of the world's press.
To listen to their performance Click Here
To hear all of their perfomance (and the other pieces)
their CD, The Flood, is available to buy online from www.lyre-ensemble.com


The replica arch, and the replica lyres, have brought to the world's attention the fact that ancient monuments are being destroyed, and that people like Khaled Al Asaad, the keeper of the museum in Palmyra, have died in the attempt to try to protect them. It was an intensely moving occasion and we are proud to have been part of it.


The institute behind the project hopes
the arch will draw attention to
the importance of cultural heritage.

http://digitalarchaeology.org.uk/the-triumphal-arch
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-35188860

THE GOLDEN AND SILVER
LYRES OF UR

Participated in this Historic Event
With
Andy Lowings: Presenter and Lyre Player
Jennifer Sturdy:  Speaker
Steph Conner: Singer
Mark Harmer: Harpist

         
 

Monday 25 April 2016

MESOPOTAMIAN LYRES AT ST.EDMUND'S COLLEGE CHAPEL, CAMBRIDGE

On Monday 25 April we were the guests of Silvia Ferreri of St Edmund's, to present a brief background to the project, and to perform 2 spoken pieces, and 3 songs.
Many of the audience had very specialised knowledge, of archaeology, musicology, and/or ancient languages, so we were conscious of presenting to a very well-informed audience. The questions were magnificent.
It was all very well received, and it was a pleasure to be there.

With
Andy Lowings: Presenter and Lyre Player
Jennifer Sturdy:  Speaker
Steph Conner: Singer
Mark Harmer: Harpist

BBC RADIO CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Jeremy Sallis presents a daily programme, 12.00-15.00, which is a mixture of music and local affairs.
On Friday 22 April Andy Lowings, Jennifer Sturdy and Stef Conner were on the show, talking for about 20 minutes about the Lyre project, the Lyre Ensemble, and the concert which was to be performed on Monday 25 April at St Edmund's, Cambridge. It was very exciting to be live on air, quite an adrenalin rush. Stef sang, which delighted everyone in the studio. It was as entertaining off-air as it was on-air: it was a lively experience.
 

Saturday 27 February 2016

Ashmolean Museum,
Oxford

THE GOLDEN AND SILVER
LYRES OF UR

“MYSTERY IN MESOPOTAMIA”

This was the billing for a day of activity in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, on Saturday 27 February 2016. Andy Lowings gave a lecture about the mysterious deaths of 68 women in the Royal Graves of Ur, and also linked it with Agatha Christie's novel, "Murder in Mesopotamia", which was allegedly based on her experiences of working with Katharine Woolley on the excavations in Ur. He then outlined the making of the two replica Mesopotamian lyres. Stef Conner spoke about the literature derived from cuneiform tablets, and the difficulty of creating suitable music for the Gold and Silver Lyres with so little evidence to work on. The talk was attended by about 70 people, many of whom asked very penetrating questions at the end.

            

In the afternoon, there were 2 performances on the Gold Lyre in the atrium, with Andy Lowings and Jennifer Sturdy, and 2 performances on the Silver Lyre in Gallery 19, the Ancient Near East gallery, with Mark Harmer and Stef Conner. These promenade performances worked very well, with people at liberty to come and go, or to wait and ask more detailed questions about the lyres.

        

All in all, a very successful day, with many plaudits, including the following:

I hugely enjoyed the lecture and the two performances in the Ashmolean. I was thrilled to see the two lyres at close quarters, and to hear the wonderful resonance, especially of the gold lyre, much more suitable for the bellowing of a bull than I had anticipated. And Stef Conner has a marvellous voice, so well suited to the work. You have done a very splendid job, in all sorts of ways.

Stephanie Dalley Assyriologist,
Oriental Institute and Wolfson College
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Somerville College
University of Oxford

        
 

Sunday 15 November 2015
15.30

Munich Music Museum

THE GOLD LYRE OF UR

The Munich City Museum has an amazing collection of musical instruments, and it is also fortunate to have a small and neat performance area, with overhead projector, podium, and lights. This was ideal for a talk and performance by Andy Lowings and Jennifer Sturdy on Sunday 15 November 2015. They gave a brief history of the making of the Gold Lyre, and then demonstrated how it sounds, to accompany the spoken word. One of the poems, der Bräutigam, was performed by Jennifer in German, and the audience appreciated that she was able to translate some of the talk, although as is so often the case, most people spoke perfectly fluent English. Our thanks go to Dr Andras Varsanyi for his kind invitation, and to his assistant, Milkana Schmidt, who took care of all the administrative details. We would be delighted to return.

 

Friday 25 September 2015

LYRES AT UNION CHAPEL, LONDON

The Union Chapel, Islington, is a quirky and prestigious venue for world music, and on Friday 25 September, the Lyre Ensemble performed the first half of an exciting event.

The new CD, "The Flood", by the Lyre Ensemble, (Stef Conner, Mark Harmer, Andy Lowings) has been a runaway success, and this was an opportunity to showcase some of the songs. The majority are sung in Sumerian or Babylonian, the original languages. One, the Balbale to Nanshe, was spoken in English by Jennifer Sturdy, just to give a feel for what this ancient poetry was like. Andy Lowings also spoke briefly about the background to the project to re-create the Gold and Silver Lyres of Ur.

The audience was receptive and very enthusiastic. Many clustered around the instruments during the interval, curious to hear more information about their origin. It was a great delight to be there with Arifa and The Voices From The East

 

                                              
 

    
 

Saturday 25 July 2015

Festival of Archaeology Performance

The Golden Lyre

With Andy Lowings, musician

The 'Golden Lyre' is a modern reconstruction of a musical instrument found in the Royal Grave at Ur, southern Iraq, dating to around 2500 BC.

Andy Lowings gave a musical performance on this exquisite instrument and answered questions.

Ashmolean Museum,
Beaumont Street,
Oxford OX1 2PH

This FREE event was part of our Festival of Archaeology season of events.

 

Saturday 27 June 2015

The launch of the Lyre Project's latest CD
"THE FLOOD"
featuring the Lyre Ensemble

St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
(Bishopsgate, London)

 

 

Wednesday 29th April 2015

Swimming Between Shores & The Flood
New work influenced by ancient music of the Middle East
SIR JACK LYONS CONCERT HALL
University of York
York YO10 5DD

Members of The Lyre Ensemble talked about re-constructing the Golden lyre of Ur
and other instruments, using authentic materials.

 

April 2015
Florence

THE GOLDEN LYRE OF UR
AT THE LORENZO DE' MEDICI INSTITUTE, FLORENCE

During the week of 12th - 18th April,
the Lyre of Ur Project team were at the Lorenzo De' Medici Institute
for the hand-over of the newly completed SILVER LYRE.

Details of the main events are at:
17th April 2015 and at 18th April 20
15

 

Saturday April 18th 2015
5.00 pm

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF FLORENCE
Concert featuring the
GOLD LYRE OF UR and SILVER LYRE OF UR.

Stef Conner
Andy Lowings
Mark Harmer

Introduced by: Jennifer Sturdy
with
Michael Stuve and Musica Ricercata

 

Mary Ann Kennedy - GOLD LYRE OF UR
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02kmxk8



World on 3 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe,
plus a session featuring a reconstructed Gold Lyre of Ur.
Singer and musicologist Stef Conner has collaborated with harp maker and player
Andy Lowings to create songs based on ancient Sumerian texts,
accompanied by a reconstruction of the Gold Lyre of Ur.

Three gold lyres were discovered in Iraq in 1929, and are thought to date back to 2500 BC.
The reconstruction was made entirely from materials and techniques available at the time.

Stef Conner also introduced a Heritage Track - music which has been a big influence on her.

Listen to the broadcast:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02kmxk8

 

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