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Shakespeare 400

Beamish and Panufnik premieres in Stratford-upon-Avon
Two new pieces by Edition Peters composers will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on 22nd April as part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations that are taking place to mark the Bard’s enduring legacy 400 years after his death.

Firstly, Roxanna Panufnik’s new song, Love Sought for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano, will be performed by Kathryn Rudge, Rachel Roberts and James Baillieu. The text, from Twelfth Night, features the ship-wrecked girl Viola (dressed as male servant Cesario) who has been sent to woo Olivia on behalf of Count Orsino. Panufnik skilfully uses the viola to represent the character of the same name as we hear his/her puzzled reactions to Olivia’s declaration of love for him/her, instead of the intended Count Orsino.

The world premiere of Sally Beamish’s A Shakespeare Masque, with a text by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, will be performed by Ex Cathedra on the same day in Stratford-upon-Avon’s Holy Trinity Church; the final resting place of Shakespeare. The piece makes use of a ‘broken consort’ of instruments that Shakespeare would have recognised in his day, including viols, lutes and Renaissance flute. After the premiere, the programme will tour to Birmingham, Hereford, Wolverhampton, Nottinghamshire and London. See the Ex Cathedra website for more details and tickets.

Tune in, or listen online to BBC Radio 3 live at 4.30pm for Roxanna Panufnik's Love Sought and 7.30pm for Sally Beamish's A Shakespeare Masque and join in the celebrations.
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