William Shakespeare was a playwright and a poet, but his influence has gone far beyond the boundaries of these two mediums. Shakespeare has inspired musicians and artist across the world for centuries, sometimes in the most unpredictable ways. His influence has been as far ranging as Romantic composers such as Felix Mendelssohn to a musical about anthropomorphic lions.
To celebrate Shakespeare's four hundred and fiftieth birthday, the City of London Sinfonia have created Shakespeare: Let Music Sound, an orchestral series, running from the 8th October - 1st November.
The evening begins with Purcell's Fairy Queen Suite, Vaughan Williams's Shakespeare Songs, Finzi's Let Us Garlands Bring, and a world premier of Owain Park's new work. This will be followed by Felix Mendelssohn's evergreen music for A Midsummer Night's Dream.
A family concert featuring excerpts from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Debussy's Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faun, and Sorcerer's Apprentice by Dukas. The London Sinfonia has been transformed into woodland creatures, can your help turn them back?