Shakespeare 400 Festival - news and updates

Shakespeare400: The Tempest and Incidental Music

The Tempest

On Wednesday 10 February, and as part of our Shakspeare400 festival, we will perform excerpts from Sibelius’s incidental music for The Tempest. In preparation, we have had a look at Sibelius’s music and explored the musical concept of incidental music to find out how composers can effectively evoke their chosen texts, using only music. 

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Shakespeare400: The Power of the Conductor

Shakespeare400

As part of our preparations for our Shakespeare400 festival, we caught up with some of our musicians to get the lowdown on how the orchestra really works. Inspired by Shakespearean quotes, this series of interviews tackles such topics of power, love and comedy ...

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Shakespeare 400: Nature in Dvořák's Othello

Shakespeare's Othello - Willow Song

On Wednesday 3 February, the London Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing Dvořák’s Othello Overture. In preparation, we explored the work’s context in order to determine what might have drawn Dvořák to create a musical adaption of Shakespeare’s play, and to understand just how the music depicts the tragic plot.

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Shakespeare400: Hamlet on Film

Hamlet quote

Our pre-concert event on Wednesday 27 January will feature our Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski conducting the LPO’s Foyle Future Firsts in a selection from Shostakovich’s darkly satirical score to Grigori Kosintsev’s 1964 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In preparation, we had a look at Shostakovich’s score, as well as two other film adaptations of Hamlet to explore three differing musical takes on Shakespeare’s tragic work.

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