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Shakespeare400: Power in the orchestra

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Power and hierarchies are a vital dramatic tool in many of Shakespeare's plays, and an orchestra is undoubtedly an ensemble in which power structures play a crucial role to keep things running smoothly. Listen to this interview with Stewart McIlwham, Principal Piccolo and LPO President and Gareth Newman, Principal Bassoon and Board Member as they explain how the orchestra is organised, how they decide who joins, and what it feels like to perform in such a powerful ensemble ...

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Shakespeare400: Lady Macbeth - the Ultimate Femme Fatale

Macbeth

On Friday 26 February, as part of our Shakspeare400 festival, we will perform Strauss’s symphonic poem based on Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy, Macbeth. In preparation, we have had a look at Strauss’s music and in particular, explored the influence of the infamous femme fatale herself, Lady Macbeth, to understand how she is characterized by, and dominates Strauss’s musical score.

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Shakespeare400: Shakespeare in Ballet Playlist

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Shakespeare’s work has inspired some of the greatest composers and choreographers to adapt his plays for ballet. From Tchaikovsky's invention of Romeo and Juliet’s endearing love theme, to Prokofiev's ground-shaking ‘Montagues and Capulets’ used in BBC’s The Apprentice, we have put together a short playlist of some of the best known moments in the ballets that have been inspired by the words of the Bard.

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Shakespeare400: Comedy in the Orchestra

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Comedy plays a vital role in the life of the Orchestra, particularly helping to keep up morale during the long working hours both in our home city of London and abroad. As we look forward to performing music inspired by Shakespeare's comedies as part of our Shakespeare400 celebrations, we caught up with the brass section of the Orchestra to talk about wordplay, comic characters and touring stories ...

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