The Sounds of Shakespeare

Saturday 20th May 2023, 6.45pm (main concert will commence at 7.30pm - see below)

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Tchaikovsky Hamlet Overture
Shostakovich Hamlet Suite – 13-movement op. 32 (the incidental music to the play)
Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture to Romeo & Juliet
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’

Thank you to those who came to this performance. The programme can be found here: Sounds of Shakespeare Programme

Actors Anna Tolputt and Matt Pinches 

Conductor Lucy Hollins

Cambridge Philharmonic 

Our Principal Guest Conductor Lucy Hollins leads the orchestra through a programme of Shakespearean adaptations, accompanied by excerpts from some of the Bard’s most beloved plays performed by Anna Tolputt and Matt Pinches.

Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet Overture and Shostakovich’s Hamlet Suite  paint the twists and turns of Shakespeare’s tragedy in two contrasting musical landscapes. Tchaikovsky’s overture sears with a brooding intensity reminiscent of the Fifth Symphony, whilst Shostakovich’s incidental music to the play brings a visceral modernity to the drama. Something is indeed rotten in the state of Denmark…

In the second half, Tchaikovsky’s high Romanticism combines with Leonard Bernstein’s jazz-infused Broadway sound-world in differing musical depictions of Romeo and Juliet. Whilst the Russian composer seeks to depict old Verona in the opening chorale, Bernstein transplants the story into 1950s New York, with ground-breaking results.

This concert will be preceded by a pre-concert showcase, featuring work from our two year school’s education project at Swavesey Village College and Pendragon Primary (in Papworth).

This project has been kindly supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Pye Foundation. 

PLEASE NOTE – The main performance will begin at 7.30pm, but is preceded by the pre-concert showcase featuring local schools work (commencing at 6.45pm). 

Tickets: From £15. Discounts available for Students & Under 18s

Please note that tickets are purchased on a non-refundable basis.

TICKETS WILL REMAIN ON SALE UNTIL 5pm on the 20th May 2023. At this point any remaining tickets will only be available ‘on the door’ – Cash or card accepted. Please email to check availability.

Access: The building is fully accessible to wheelchair users, with ramps and accessible toilet facilities. Click HERE to find out more.

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