Shakespeare 400: The Play’s the Thing

Shakespeare 400: The Play’s the Thing

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Friday 29 July, 2016

Midhurst Rother College, Midhurst, GU29 9DT

7.30pm ends approx 9pm

Adult: £22 | Eighteen & under : £5 | Unreserved seating

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TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR THIS EVENING - do join us at Midhurst Rother College at about 7pm to purchase yours. There is plenty of parking at the college.

National Youth Chamber Choir Director - Ben Parry

National Youth Jazz Orchestra Director - Mark Armstrong

Two of the UK’s most exciting young ensembles come together to present their dazzling musical tribute to William Shakespeare.

One of the best and most original programmes I can rememberThe Arts Desk

Click here to listen to a clip of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and National Youth Chamber Choir live in action.

See and hear singers and jazz musicians at the outset of their professional careers perform in Midhurst Rother College’s splendid, purpose built theatre - a programme rich in moods and textures, all delivered by some of the most talented young musicians in the UK. Alumni include Amy Winehouse, Dave Arch (from Strictly Come Dancing), Guy Barker, Gwilym Simcock .....

The National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra have joined forces to pay tribute to Shakespeare in his 400th anniversary year with a national concert tour. The project was born in 2015 when both ensembles were invited to create a Shakespeare-themed programme for the City of London Festival ready for Shakespeare 400 in 2016.

Entitled The Play’s The Thing, the programme features a diverse range of music inspired by Shakespeare’s plays and poetry, including Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder suite, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Three Shakespeare Songs.

Mark Armstrong - Food of Love
Pete Churchill - Journey’s End
Duke Ellington - Such Sweet Thunder
David Hamilton - Caliban’s Song
Nils Lindberg - Shall I compare thee (Sonnet 18)
Owain Park - When love speaks (Sonnet 116)
Ben Parry - Weary with toil (Sonnet 27)
Ward Swingle - It was a lover and his lass
Janet Wheeler - Music to hear (Sonnet 8)
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Three Shakespeare Songs

Generously supported by Michael Harting & McCarthy & Stone

Parking at Midhurst Rother College, North Street, MIDHURST, GU29 9DT
There is a large car park on site, but please DO NOT block any emergency exits or park on the grass. For overflow parking please use Midhurst Town Car Park which is free and only a 5 minutes walk from the College. Thank you.