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BBC Philharmonic Shakespeare 400
23 April 2016
On the day that marks both the exact 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the traditional date of his birth, the BBC Philharmonic celebrate the bard.
Shakespeare’s star-cross’d lovers have inspired composers for centuries, but there’s still nothing to quite match Prokofiev’s great Soviet ballet-score: Romeo and Juliet retold in music that’s as sharp as a rapier and as tender as a kiss.
BBC Radio 3 has commissioned five of the freshest young talents amongst Manchester composers each to write music for one of Shakespeare’s plays, and have invited Andrew Gourlay, one of the country's brightest young conductors, to give the world premieres.
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