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Music for The Tempest 2014

Painting: Cam Pickering

A musical voyage into the mysterious realms of The Tempest and an enthralling exploration of the sound-world of the Restoration theatre,
Music for The Tempest is a highly original celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.


Featuring all the music written for the 17th- and early 18th-century revivals of the play, the New London Consort creates a dramatic collage
of enchanting symphonies, songs, choruses and dances, including daring instrumental music by Locke, Draghi's evocative character dances,
contrasting versions of Ariel's songs, Purcell's 'Dear pretty youth' and the exquisite Masques of Devils and of Neptune & Amphitrite by Humfrey and Weldon.


Revelling in the power of nature and the supernatural, an ensemble of 11 singers and a colourful late-Restoration theatre band evoke
the exuberance of London's playhouses around 1700 and enliven our continuing fascination with Shakespeare's most magical masterpiece. 


This programme will premiere at the Cité de la Musique in Paris on 2 April 2014 before going to the Brighton Festival on 16 May 2014.