World of Ice

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World of Ice

  18 - 22 October 2019    




World of Ice

A small display of items from the Bodleian’s collection used by composer Ross S. Griffey in World of Ice, his new song cycle about nineteenth-century Arctic exploration. As the wealth of contemporary publications on the subject suggests, the North Pole—remote, alien, seemingly unattainable—captured the Victorian imagination. Polar explorers were frequent subjects in popular magazines, and many produced their own accounts of their adventures as well.

These documents reveal the dangers of Arctic life, from loneliness to frostbite, but also the unexpected delights: shipboard theatre and ice games helped boost morale.

This display accompanies Ross S.Griffey’s talk for the Oxford Lieder Festival.


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Oxford Lieder Fesitval: Ross Griffey

  21 October 2019

Ahead of the premiere of his new work this evening, composer Ross Griffey talks about his experiences as an Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries and the inspirations behind his songs of winter journeying and Arctic exploration, in particular the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.

There will also be a performance of Ross Griffey’s composition ‘World of Ice’ at 8pm at St John the Evangelist.

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