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Something Rich and Strange: choral settings of Shakespeare

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To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Londinium presents an entrancing programme of choral music inspired by his work. Alongside such masterpieces as Frank Martin's Songs of Ariel and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Three Shakespeare Songs, we include some of the earliest surviving Shakespeare settings, by Thomas Morley and Robert Johnson, and a superb selection of recent works by Judith Weir, Michael Berkeley, Huw Watkins and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi.

A glass of wine will be served in the interval.

Tickets: £15 | £10 (students).

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs | Thomas Morley: It was a lover and his lass | Michael Berkeley: Farewell | Robert Pearsall: Take, O take those lips away | Huw Watkins: The Phoenix and the Turtle | Frank Martin: Songs of Ariel | Humphrey Clucas: Shakespeare Songs | Robert Johnson: Full Fathom Five | Charles Wood: Full Fathom Five | Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Four Shakespeare Songs | Judith Weir: The Song Sung True

7:30 pm19:30

In Love's Garden: choral settings of the Songs of Songs

  • St Sepulchre-without-Newgate

The Old Testament Song of Songs contains some of the most beautiful love poetry ever written, and its heady eroticism has inspired superb music from composers across five centuries. Londinium's programme centres on the rarely-performed, luscious twelve-voiced Le Cantique des Cantiques by Jean-Ives Daniel-Lesur, which is heard alongside sumptuous Renaissance works by Clemens non Papa, Tomás Luis de Victoria and Francisco Guerrero, and equally seductive music from our own time.

A glass of wine will be served during the interval.

Tickets: £12 ('early bird' discount) / £15 | £10 (students).