The Anchoress

theanchoress_sThe Anchoress is a 2018 work for soprano and instrumental ensemble by David Ludwig setting texts by Katie Ford.  There are eight “scenes” each exploring an aspect of life of the medieval anchoress; a woman who voluntarily secluded herself in a cell attached to a church.  Such women were seen as almost saintly and thought to have great insight which was sought by all ranks of people.  Issues explored in Ford’s poems include faith, alienation, gender and social power as seen through the anchoress’ eyes.

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