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Thinking with opera, Episode 4: Words and Music

Poet Laureate and Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds Simon Armitage and composer Gavin Bryars consider what happens when their respective art forms are brought together.

They each discuss their lifelong engagement with words and music, and the pleasures and perils of bridging the two disciplines as artists. Excerpts from their work are woven throughout, including tracks by Armitage’s post rock/ambient outfit LYR, and Bryars’ influential 1971 work Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet.

Chaired by Dr Kimberly Campanello of the University of Leeds.

Listen and subscribe on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


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