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Published: 01 October 2012

By Andy Ross

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A new Discovery?

One of the lovely things about blogging is that people from all over the world contact us with ideas and suggestions that we may like. This week we have had a tip from a New Zealand friend about what promises to be a fun and rollicking listen. Music and poems from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration as composed during the Relief Voyage to the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904 is the full title - I detect a dash of irony...

The full blurb appears below and I have ordered our copy already. I am sure an update will follow! http://www.antarcticbookshop.com/music.htm

Music by Lieut. G.S.Doorly, Lyrics by Chief Engineer Morrison and other officers, including Ernest Shackleton.

Roger Wilson (baritone); Gillian Bibby (piano); Grant Tilly (narrator); Peter Vere-Jones & Charles Wilson (recitants); With The Morning Glories

A host of New Zealand’s best musicians and actors have generously collaborated to produce this recording to mark the centenary of the voyage of the ‘Morning’ to relieve Captain Scott and company aboard ‘Discovery’ in 1902. This is the first time that the famous ‘Songs of the Morning’ have been released on CD. Roger Wilson is a grandson of Lieut. Doorly and is one of New Zealand’s best known opera and concert singers. Grant Tilly and Peter Vere-Jones are two of New Zealand’s most distinguished and accomplished actors.

The royalties from this recording will be divided between the Dundee Heritage Trust’s “Antarctica 100 ‘Discovery’ Restoration Fund”, for work on the restoration of ‘Discovery’ at her current home in Dundee; and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust for preservation work on the Expedition Hut and its contents.