Over the last few weeks the international media has been buzzing with a story that the tomb of Nefertiti, the most beautiful woman of the ancient world might be secreted within and beyond the tomb of Tutankhamun. As British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves prepares to return to Egypt with radars in November to prove his theory, songwriter Sue Casson is hoping that this time he will find the treasure he seeks.
A friend and neighbour of Reeves at Chiddingstone Castle in Kent, where he was curator of their Egyptian collection the last time he sought Nefertiti, Casson says:
'I’m delighted that Nick Reeves has come up with a new theory for the location of the final resting place of Queen Nefertiti. 17 years ago my partner Tom Blackmore helped Nick realize his dream of excavating in the Valley of the Kings – with the final prize, locating her tomb, eluding them.'
The quest however inspired a set of songs, which were released on CD by Dress Circle under the title Tutankhamun All Wrapped Up. Ray Jones, then at Superbreak, distributed it to 68,000 visitors to the 2007/8 Tutankhamun exhibition at O2.
One of the songs, Last Call for Nefertiti, includes the lines
'You can't see round a corner, you can't look through a wall'
Reeves has said that a radar survey of the north and west walls of Tutankhamun's tomb would reveal whether there's another room behind the walls. A king's tomb normally turns to the left and a queen's to the right.
'Little did I know when I wrote those words 10 years ago, how prescient they would be of Nick Reeves' present theory of Nefertiti's final resting place.' says Casson.
'Maybe this time it really will be the last call for Nefertiti'.
Sue Casson & The Brannick Academy are ...
Sue Casson is an English singer songwriter. She has sung her songs on BBC radio, in cabaret and at festivals in the UK and abroad. Her songs have also featured CBBC TV, in films and on stage. She has also written musicals - The Happy Prince toured nationwide, and her first song cycle Dreams of Peace & Freedom is being performed in the UK and Europe this year.
The Brannick Academy, alias Chris Brannick is a founder member of the internationally renowned percussion group ensemblebash and multi-instrumentalist. His compositions and arrangements feature on CDs, websites, documentaries, Children’s BBC and music festivals. He is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Together they have performed on radio, at festivals and in cabaret in the UK and New York.
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