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The Founds of Fairies and Kings

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.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
8th October, 7.30pm, 5 - 25
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA

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.

CLoSer: The Entertainments
21st October, 7.30pm, 1 - 15
Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ

Performances of Korngold and Shostakovich radical re-imaginings of two of Shakespeare's plays, including Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet.

The Kings
29th October, 7.30pm, 5 - 32
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ

A performance of the scores composed by Walton for Sir Laurence Olivier's Shakespeare films, Henry V and Richard III.

Crash Bang Wallop: Magic & Mischief
1st November, 12pm, Adults 10, Children 8, Family 30
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ

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?
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: 8th Oct - 1st Nov
Phone: 020 7730 4500
Where: Cadogan Hall, Southwark Cathedral, Village Underground
Cost: 1 - 32
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