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Sounds of Shakespeare

For Radio 3's Shakespeare weekend, Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Tom Service introduce adventurous 21st-century responses to the Bard's work. Recorded in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Tom Service introduce adventurous 21st-century responses to Shakespeare's work. Sound artist Martin Parker and viola da gamba player Liam Byrne take music and texts from 1616 and remix them for 2016. Saxophonist Trish Clowes and her trio improvise an anniversary homage using Shakespearean phrases. Plus contemporary music group Apartment House and a newly commissioned work from Matthew Herbert based on texts from Macbeth. Recorded in front of an audience earlier the same day at Shakespeare's former school, King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon.

BBC Radio 3 is marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare with a season celebrating the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired. Over the anniversary weekend, from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April, Radio 3 will broadcast live from a pop-up studio at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Other Place Theatre and other historic venues across Stratford-upon-Avon.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Alfonso Ferrabosco II


  • Trish Clowes

    Mischievous Messenger

    Ensemble: My Iris.
  • Matthew Herbert

    Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Tomorrow (The New Shakespeare Songbook)

  • Gavin Bryars

    1, 2, 1-2-3-4

    Ensemble: Apartment House.
  • Oxmo Puccino Yaron Herman

    Sonnet 91

  • My Iris with Peter Cant


  • Alfonso Ferrabosco II

    Pavan and Improvisations

  • Ane Brun

    Sonnet 138

  • Trish Clowes

    Blue Calm

    Composer: My Iris with Peter Cant.
  • Chet Baker

    Let's Get Lost



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