Jane Austen’s Songs of the Sea | South Australian Maritime Museum | 4 Nov 2017

This year commemorates the 200 year anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.

The Maritime Museum invites you to go along and celebrate the life, characters and stories of Austen for an evening produced and performed by:

  • Gillian Dooley (soprano)
  • Raechel Damarell (alto)
  • Richard Schaumlӧffel (violin)
  • Christine Morphett (harp)
  • Kathy Walton (flute and whistles)

Among the music in Jane Austen’s personal music collection are many songs about sailors and the sea. Britain was at war for most of Austen’s lifetime and two of her brothers were naval officers. The program includes songs about life at sea and coming home, songs about the wives and families left behind, sailors’ 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 program includes a 90-minute performance with a 20-minute interval, with a paid bar.

Tickets: Adults $30 | Concession $25


For more information and all enquiries please visit the Maritime Museum website.

WhatJane Austen’s Songs of the Sea

When: Saturday 4 November 2017 | 5.30pm for a 6pm start

WhereSouth Australian Maritime Museum | 126 Lipson St, Port Adelaide SA


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