Bagby's Beowulf performed in Carnegie Hall, New York City

On 22 April Benjamin Bagby performed a version of Beowulf as part of a series of concerts curated by American composer David Lang.

Collected Stories: Hero

This inventive program, curated by composer-in-residence David Lang, examines the use of music to prop up a heroic character or underscore an anti-hero. Vocalist, harpist, and scholar Benjamin Bagby performs scenes from his dramatic interpretation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, followed by the Harry Partch Institute Ensemble's performance of The Wayward, Partch’s collection of musical compositions based on the spoken and written words of hobos riding trains, hitchhiking, and searching for nourishment during the Great Depression in the Western United States.

Benjamin Bagby, voice and Anglo-Saxon harp
Harry Partch Institute Ensemble

BENJAMIN BAGBY Scenes from Beowulf
PARTCH The Wayward

New York Times review

This concert was listed among the 'Ten Best Classical Music Events of 2014' by the New York Times!

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Mr. Bagby comes as close to holding hundreds of people in a spell as ever a man has... That is much too rare an experience in theater. — The New York Times

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Forthcoming Performances

29/30 August 2015 Utrecht Early Music Festival

11/12 2016 March Toronto, Canada (to be confirmed)

Some Recent Performances

19 June 2015 Zadar Concert Season, Croatia

1 May 2015 University of Chicago

7 May 2015 Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (USA)

10 August 2014 Kilkenny Festival (Ireland)

6 September 2014 Bergen Early Music Festival (Norway)

24 April 2014  Jackson MS, USA

22 April 2014  Carnegie Hall / Zankel Hall, NYC, USA 

16 April 2014  Virginia Arts Festival, Norfolk VA, USA 

10 April 2014 Cambridge, MA, USA, Harvard University, Music Building, Paine Hall, 20h

1 March 2014 Dutch Harp Festival, Utrecht NL, 22h15 Vredenburgh/Leeuwenburgh

February 23, 2012

Washington D.C. (USA)
Gaston Hall
Georgetown University
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Sequentia (Benjamin Bagby and Norbert Rodenkirchen)
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25 and 26 February, Houston TX (Rothko Chapel)

3 March, Wellesley MA (Houghton Chapel)

6 March, New York City NY (Morgan Library) 

November 19, 2011: INVOCATION - International Vocal Night, Köln (Germany)

November 30, 2011: Basel (Schweiz): Museum Tinguely

October 8, 2011: Konstanz (D), Archäologisches Museum Baden-Württemberg – 'Hildebrandslied, Heliand und Beowulf'

September 2, 2011: Wratislava Cantans Festival / Poland

September 29, 2011: Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA / USA  

October 4, 2011: Wake Forest University, Winston- Salem, North Carolina / USA

August 27, 2011: Fränkischer Sommer / Germany

November 20, 2010: London, British Library

October 22, 2010: California University of Pennsylvannia, California, PA

October 26, 27, 29 and 30, 2010: Cal Performances, Zellerbach Theater, Berkeley, CA

November 4, 2010: Chesterton, Maryland, Washington College, Decker Hall

November 5, 2010: Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

July 16, 2010: Madison Early Music Festival, Mills Concert Hall, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

July 21, 2010: Tanglewood Music Festival, Ozawa Hall, Lenox, MA

25-28 October, 2009: London, UK, British Library: Beowulf 1000: A Celebration of a Heroic Poem

A four-day celebration of the magnificent Anglo-Saxon epic in performance, readings, discussion, family events and workshops, tohether with a new display of the unique surviving manuscript.

  • 25/10/09: performance (London, British Library)
  • 26/10/09: performance (London, BL)
  • 27/10/09: round table discussion with poet Seamus Heaney (London, BL)
  • 28/10/09: performance (London, BL)

September 6, 2009: Vokalmusik entlang der Romanischen Straße, Germany
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June 18, 2009: Ancona, Italy
Presenter: Cantar Lontano Festival, organized by E lucevan le stelle
Venue: Abbazia di Sant'Elena,,

July 21, 2009: Vendôme, France, 21h00
Presenter: Le CliO (Conservatoire contemporain de Littérature Orale)
Quartier Rochambeau, 41100 Vendôme, France, Tél. 02 54 72 26 76

November 10, 2008, 8:00 – Hanover, NH
Rollins Chapel
Dartmouth College

November 1, 2008, 8:00 – Vancouver, BC
UBC Recital Hall

March 8, 2009,  1:00 – New York, NY
The Cloisters

February 28, 2009, 8:00 – Kansas City, MO
Grace and Holy Trinity Church