Shakespeare400: Power in the orchestra

Power and hierarchies are a vital dramatic tool in many of Shakespeare's plays, and an orchestra is undoubtedly an ensemble in which power structures play a crucial role to keep things running smoothly. Listen to this interview with Stewart McIlwham, Principal Piccolo and LPO President and Gareth Newman, Principal Bassoon and Board Member as they explain how the orchestra is organised, how they decide who joins, and what it feels like to perform in such a powerful ensemble ...

‘We cannot all be masters, nor all masters / Cannot be truly follow’d.’ Othello

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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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