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NA218912 - SEVEN AGES - An Anthology of Poetry with Music

Seven Ages

Seven Ages

An Anthology of Poetry with Music



‘All the world’s a stage

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his Time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages.’


So starts William Shakespeare’s speech from ‘As You Like It’. David Owen

saw—in the framework of ‘infant, school, lover, soldier, wisdom, sixth-age, and last scene’—a structure on which to build a very personal anthology of his favorite poetry Seven Ages (Penguin).


David, and his wife Deborah, gives their royalties from sales of the book to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, for helping to save the life of their eldest son. It was this fact, when invited to make an audiobook of the anthology, that moved me to ask all these wonderful readers, and to select the poetry from the anthology specifically for each voice.


I further illustrate the change from age to age with music that has a

relationship with the poetry and the music of the spoken voice.


A limited edition of this recording was rush-released as a Dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, who was President of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children when I started this work. It won the spoken word industry Talkies Award in England, and was warmly welcomed by all Diana’s family. Our royalties—producer and readers—go to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.


My special thanks to all performers for free and fantastic performances; to the poets who granted free use of their poetry; to all representatives of the poets and readers and to everyone at Abbey Road Studios; to Elsa, my hard-working P.A.; and to David and Deborah Owen for tireless support.



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