KOKORO / CANTICUM

SHAKESPEARE SOUNDS AND SWEET AIRS

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  • Date:
    Sunday 12 Oct 2014
  • Time:
    7:30 PM

Kokoro Shakespeare 2

Programme includes works by: Oliver Knussen, Hywel Davies, Thomas Adès, Mark Bowden, Howard Skempton and Ralph Vaughan Williams

Sound and Sweet Airs is a celebration of 20th and 21st century choral and instrumental music inspired by Shakespeare's poetry to mark the 450th anniversary of the great bard's birth, and showcases some of the most celebrated and exciting living composers. The programme combines the performing forces of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's new music ensemble Kokoro and the London-based chamber choir Canticum, who are fast-gaining a reputation for being one of the most musically versatile ensembles in the country.

'Eloquent singing and sumptuous beauty.' Times

Hywel Davies's new Five Shakespeare Sonnets, eloquently sung by Lawrence Williams, were intelligent responses to the texts,
with mellow, elegiac instrumental colours. Much more vivid, and superbly played by Kokoro, were Thomas Adès's quirky and fantastical Court Studiesfrom The Tempest.
And Oliver Knussen's early Ophelia Dances, with its sudden move from manic movement to tragic stillness, still strikes me as a miniature masterpiece.

'Hywel Davies's new Five Shakespeare Sonnets, eloquently sung by Lawrence Williams, were intelligent responses to the texts, with mellow, elegiac instrumental colours. Much more vivid, and superbly played by Kokoro, were Thomas Adès's quirky and fantastical Court Studiesfrom The Tempest. And Oliver Knussen's early Ophelia Dances, with its sudden move from manic movement to tragic stillness, still strikes me as a miniature masterpiece.' Times

i 6.30pm pre-concert talk: with Mark Forkgen (Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of Kokoro) and composer Hywel Davies

Supported by Orchestras Live and Arts Council England

  • Tickets:
    £22
  • Senior Citizen:
    £21
  • Disabled:
    £21
  • Students:
    £21
  • Saver:
    £20
  • Under 18s:
    £11
  • BRING YOUR KID FOR A QUID:
    Up to 2 Under-18s attend for £1 each when bought with an adult
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