Shakespeare400: The Power of the Conductor

As part of our preparations for our Shakespeare400 festival, we caught up with some of our musicians to get the lowdown on how the orchestra really works. Inspired by Shakespearean quotes, this series of interviews tackles such topics of power, love and comedy ...

'It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions.' King Lear

An orchestral conductor plays a unique role in the interpretation and production of the sounds you hear on stage and on recordings. Find out about what they do in their role, how the orchestra relates to them, and how those movements help create the ‘alchemy’ of sound the orchestra hopes to create ...

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The London Philharmonic Orchestra's Shakespeare400 festival, marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, runs from January to June 2016. Part of a collaboration with leading educational and cultural institutions, the festival presents classical music inspired by the Bard alongside in depth discussions and special performances.

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