Much ado about Shakespeare 400 celebrations

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Much ado about Shakespeare 400 celebrations


Wed, 30/12/2015 - 15:56


Recitals and concerts are taking place as part of the Shakespeare 400
30 December, 2015

AN early start to celebrations marking the 400th anniver­sary of Shakespeare’s death is being made at LSO St Luke’s in Old Street over the next four weeks.

Recitals and concerts are taking place as part of the Shakespeare 400 cultural initiative happening over the coming year. This is a partnership between various London institutions and the London Shake­speare Centre at King’s College London.

LSO St Luke’s BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concerts:

Thursday, January 7, 1pm

Gould Piano Trio play Korngold’s suite Much Ado About Nothing; excerpts from Schumann’s Novel­letten; and Beethoven’s Ghost piano trio in D major, Op 70 No 1.

Thursday, January 14, 1pm

Countertenor Iestyn Davies (bottom right) and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny (pictured bottom left) perform 17th-century songs by Morley, Purcell, Robert Jones and Bannister to texts inspired by Shakespeare. Plus music by various composers for The Tempest.

Elizabeth Kenny and Iestyn Davies. Photos: photo: marco borggreve

Thursday, January 21, 1pm

Tenor James Gilchrist, accompanied by Anna Tilbrook, performs songs set to Shakespeare texts. These include:

Where the bee sucks and When daisies pied by Thomas Arne

She never told her love by Haydn

• Take, O take those lips away both by Dring

An Sylvia and Standchen by Schubert

Fear no more the heat of the sun and Under the greenwood tree by Quilter

Bottom’s Dream by Wolf and Orpheus with his lute by Vaughan Williams.

Thursday, January 28, 1pm

BBC Singers perform songs by composers set to Shakespeare texts. These include:

An Ode for Music by Kodály

Full fathom five and It was a lover and his lass by Charles Wood

• World premiere of When time is broke by Cecilia McDowall

Let Fall the Windows of Mine Eyes by Paul Mealor 

Three Shakespeare Songs by Vaughan Williams.

In addition, there’s a music-themed guided walk exploring the City of London during Shakespeare’s time on Thursday, January 14. The walk is led by Dafydd Wyn Phillips. It starts at the northern entrance to London Blackfriars Station. Start-time is 10am.

• Tickets, £25, pay for the walk, lunch at LSO St Luke's Cafe and the lunchtime concert (1pm), on the day. To book, ask for the ‘Walk and Talk Ticket’. LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street, EC1, 020 7638 8891.

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