Shakespeare400: A brief history of music inspired by Shakespeare

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.

Listen to the pre-concert talk here


You can read more about Dvořák's setting of Otello here.

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.