Classics for All Online Talks: Ancient Greek Music (with Professor Armand d’Angour)


As the nights drawn in and a second lockdown finds us with more time on our hands at home, we hope to bring some cheer with our series of online classical talks inspired by national lockdown obsessions. In the third episode of the series, hosted by Jimmy Mulville, Interim Chairman at Classics for All, Professor Armand D’Angour will transport us into the ancient world through the power of music…

Music was ubiquitous in ancient Greece, but what did it sound like? Exciting developments into the investigation of this question have taken place in recent decades. Thanks to notated documents of ancient music on stone being accurately transcribed by scholars into modern notation, and the application of a truer understanding of the rhythmical implications of Greek metre, it has become possible to hear Greek music more reliably than ever before. This talk will present the research that has contributed to this breakthrough, finally allowing scholars and performers to make musical sense of the fascinating evidence.

The talk will be hosted via Zoom Webinar, with 500 spaces available on a first come first serve basis. Sign up via the link here:

Once you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to access the webinar on the day. Please make sure you save this link, as you will need it to attend the event.

For those who miss out on a space, we will be live streaming the talk via our YouTube channel. Go to at 6pm on the 23rd November to get in on the action! We will also post a recording of the event on our YouTube channel the following day.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Professor Armand D’Angour:

Armand D’Angour pursued a career as a cellist before becoming a Tutor in Classics at Jesus College, Oxford, in 2000, where he teaches Greek and Latin literature. In 2013-14 he was awarded a British Academy Fellowship to undertake research into ancient Greek music, for which he was awarded in 2017 the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Public Engagement with Research.

In addition to numerous broadcasts on radio and television, a short film posted on YouTube ( has attracted over half a million views since its publication in December 2017. His book Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher was published in April 2019. More details of his research and activities are available on his website:

Jimmy Mulville:

Jimmy came to classics at university where he read French and Classics at Jesus College, Cambridge. “In my case, studying classics at Cambridge changed my life for the better giving me many opportunities. It was an engine for social mobility.”

Jimmy is Managing Director of Hat Trick Productions, which he co-founded in 1986. Since then, it has grown into one of the country’s leading producers of comedy, drama and entertainment.