Shakespeare 400 concert: 23rd April 2016 3 p.m.


A concert given on 23rd April 2016 by Nigel Wickens, Gill Smith and Peter Trent to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.


Gill Smith and Nigel Wickens


Nigel Wickens,  accompanied by Gill Smith,  presented a programme of  Shakespeare's words set to music by Purcell, Quilter, Finzi and Vaughan Williams.  He included two songs in German by Blacher  based on "Romeo and Juliet" to emphasise the influence of Shakespeare far beyond our shores. 


Lute player


Peter Trent played pieces from the "Dowland Lute Mss",  a book that is now in the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.



Afternoon tea, in typically English style, was served in the church at the end of the concert.

Many thanks to the musicians who skilfully peeled away the centuries between Shakespeare's time and our own era and gave us such a memorable afternoon!


Concert poster


Saturday, 24th September: Shakespeare 400 concert: "Let us garlands bring!" 7.30 p.m  

A concert of music inspired by Shakespeare, featuring songs by Gerald Finzi and Madeleine Dring and choral songs by Thomas Arne. We are very grateful to Fiona, Edward and the St. Andrew’s Singers for arranging and performing the concert in this Shakespeare anniversary year.  

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