The Shakespeare Influence


Thursday 22nd January, 2015 7:30PM

St. Georges Church, Hanover Square, London W1S 1FX


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“If music be the food of love, play on…”

Join us on January 22nd, for an evening of music inspired by the great Shakespeare, together with two wonderful actors, who will bring each play to life in bite-size snippets! We continue our series, ‘Beneath the Score’, with music by Mendelssohn, Korngold, Prokofiev, Delius and of course Tchaikovsky, with his beloved Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. 

Mendelssohn was all of seventeen years years of age, when he wrote his Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Despite his youth, it contains all the charm, beauty and vivacious energy that was to characterise all of his music. We intersperse sections of the Shakespeare play with other movements from his incidental music, before moving to another comedy, Much Ado about Nothing. Korngold, famous also for his Hollywood scores, brings this play to life with such a light touch and melodies gorgeous enough to make your heart sing!

After the interval, we move to the intense and tragic drama of Romeo and Juliet, kicking off with the famous movement, “Montagues and Capulets”, from Prokofiev’s score. Interspersed throughout with sections of the play, we will then perform the beautifully reflective piece by Delius, “Walk to the Paradise Gardens”, before finishing the evening with Tchaikovsky’s heart-breaking score, his Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.

Do join us for a roller-coaster evening of emotions, in both word and music!

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