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The Pythagorean Comma

The Pythagorean Comma

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On a remote Scottish island a mysterious stranger is rehearsing the children’s choir for a Christmas concert. Sounds spooky enough, but this music drama from composer Gavin Bryars and writer Blake Morrison (after a tale by Jules Verne) also explores one of the oldest mysteries in sound.

And when you hear that two of the children are called Ray and Mimi you might guess what that is. (Clue: think Julie Andrews.)


The Pythagorean Comma by Blake Morrison, loosely based on Jules Verne's story Mr Ray Sharp and Miss Me Flat, with music by Gavin Bryars. A visitor arrives on a Scottish island and creates a unique choir, demonstrating the riddle of the Pythagorean Comma. The end result is a concert that makes them famous. With Gerda Stevenson (Anna/narrator), Gerard McDermott (Irvine), Renny Krupinski (Kubiak), Daniel Kerr (Ray), Olivia Cosgrove (Mimi). Produced and directed by Judith Kampfner.

Cast & Crew

Anna/narrator Gerda Stevenson
Irvine Gerard McDermott
Kubiak Renny Krupinski
Ray Daniel Kerr
Mimi Olivia Cosgrove
Director Judith Kampfner
Producer Judith Kampfner
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