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Shakespeare400: Shakespeare in the Royal Collections at Windsor

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Listen to a Shakespeare400 pre-concert talk given on Friday 12 February, in which Oliver Urquhart Irvine, Royal Librarian, discussed Shakespeare in the Royal Collections at Windsor.

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Shakespeare400: Gender, Ethnicity and Religion in Othello


Gender, ethnicity and religion play a significant role in Shakespeare's plays, but none perhaps quite as prominent as in his Othello. At our pre-concert talk on Wednesday 3 February, Professor Clare McManus, University of Roehampton, reflected on Othello’s popularity with adaptors and composers, and its role as a lightning rod for perceptions of ethnicity, religion and gender.

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Shakespeare400: Practice in the Orchestra

Shakespeare400: Practice

Practice makes perfect – and for both musicians of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and actors rehearsing Shakespeare’s complex plays, this motto couldn’t be more important. Listen to this interview with Mark Vines (Co-Principal Horn) and Fiona Higham (Second Violin) as they discuss the rigorous practice that they undertake to perform at the highest standards, and give advice to aspiring young musicians.

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Shakespeare400: A brief history of music inspired by Shakespeare

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The London Philharmonic Orchestra is taking part in 2016’s Shakespeare400 celebrations, featuring music inspired by the Bard in its concert programmes in Spring 2016. Listen to a pre-concert talk given on Wednesday 3 February, in which Professor Russ McDonald explores the inspiration that composers have found in Shakespeare, looking at Dvorak's Othello overture in particular.

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