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Viriditas: Hildegard's Resonances, feat. Fem Engine

Join us for Viriditas: the music and life of Hildegard von Bingen, a series of events exploring contemporary resonances of the music and life of the 12th century abbess and composer. Hildegard von Bingen (1098 - 1179), was a German Benedictine abbess, mystic, visionary, healer, naturalist, botanist, diplomat, feminist and not least, the first named, and most prolific, although untrained, composer of the middle ages.

Hildegard saw the human as a microcosm both physically and spiritually with the macrocosm of the universe, and emphasized the connection between the “green” health of the natural world and holistic health of human being. Viriditas, literally “green truth” or “greening power”, is an earthly expression of the heavenly, thought to sustain human beings. Viriditas reminds us of the intrinsic and vital relationships between all living beings.

A programme of creative response to the music and life of Hildegard Von Bingen, including new performance commissions for Fem Engine. Fem Engine will also perform their own brand of mystic vocal improvisation.

All works are created by established and emerging University of Sussex composers including Catherine Ireton, James Longcake, Benjamin Michael Turner, Tim Young and Max Worgan and Lecturers in Music and Music Technology, Dr Mimi Haddon and Danny Bright

Fem Engine, is a fresh collaboration between three of the most adventurous vocal musicians in the south east: pioneering live looper Bunty Looping, UK beatbox champion Bellatrix and Hannah Miller of The Moulettes.

As a trio they conjure sonic spells with influences ranging from Pigmie singing and Bulgarian folk music to Hip Hop and Glitch. Triangles are the strongest shape. Any weight placed on them is evenly distributed between all three sides. Fem Engine explore the idea of interconnectedness with complete autonomy in a kaleidoscopic universe of vocal experimentation.

The concert will be preceded by a reflection on women in twentieth-century popular music by Dr Mimi Haddon (University of Sussex): Nico, Hildegard of the Twentieth Century? Music, Poetry, and The Marble Index.

General Information


The following access tickets can be booked online: spaces for wheelchair users, seats with flat floor access, best seats for sightlines of captions / BSL interpretation (when applicable). For guidance about online booking and for further information about accessibility at the venue see our Access page here.

If you have access requirements that you would like to discuss with us or would like to book a ticket for a Personal Assistant please contact the box office on 01273 678 822 or email

Pay What You Decide

There is an allocation of Pay What You Decide (PWYD) tickets available to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Come and see the show without paying anything in advance, and then pay what you think is appropriate at the end of the show. Maximum of four PWYD tickets per person. Please phone the box office on 01273 678822 or email for further information.


The concession rate is available for students, University of Sussex staff, Over 60s, and people in receipt of JSA or DLA/PIP. Proof of eligibility may be required on the door or at the box office (if collecting). Personal assistance tickets are available for free for customers who would otherwise be unable to attend the venue. Please contact the box office on 01273 678822 or email for further information.

Box Office Opening Times

The box office (phone line and drop-in service) is open from 10am to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. The box office is also open one hour before the advertised show start time.

Dates & Times

  • Friday 08 February, 2019


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Viriditas: Hildegard's Resonances, feat. Fem Engine
Friday 08 February

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