Festival Feature: Shakespeare's Songs
Mark the date in your diary - Monday 13 July - and enjoy a unique experience...
The Festival are delighted to welcome the Royal Shakespeare Company's Music Director Bruce O'Neil, to stage a narrated evening of Shakespeare's Songs at King's Lynn's historic Guildhall of St. George, where Shakespeare himself is reputed to have performed 422 years ago.
Many people are unaware of how much music featured in Shakespeare's plays - around 100 songs in all. The RSC have a long tradition of commissioning some of the greatest composers of British music since the opening of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1879, including Vaughan Williams.
Earlier this year, the RSC held a competition to reinterpret one of the Bard's songs, with the winning song performed at the 26 April Birthday Bash concert in Stratford-upon-Avon. This year also marks the mid-point between two major milestones: the celebration in 2014 of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, and the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of his death next year.
Joining Bruce O'Neil will be director Christopher Luscombe, baritone Benedict Nelson and soprano Raphaela Papadakis. Look out for further details of this very special evening nearer the time.
Read more about the RSC's musical archives in Richard Sandland's blog.