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Shakespeare Now and Then

Music • Classical
South Australia • World Premiere
A varied program for voice, viola da gamba & recorder of music associated with Shakespeare. Included are songs by Renaissance musicians Robert Johnson and Thomas Morley which were probably performed when the plays were first staged, and compositions for 17th and 18th-century adaptations of 'The Tempest' by Henry Purcell and others. The vast range of music inspired by Shakespeare's poetry and plays through the centuries shows Shakespeare's enduring appeal. We will include arrangements of songs by later composers such as Haydn, Vaughan Williams, Margaret Sutherland, Dorian Le Gallienne, Eric Gross and Adelaide's Chester Schultz. We are also looking forward to presenting the world premiere of new settings of 3 sonnets by Canberra composer Michael Dooley especially commissioned for the group.

Presented by: Gillian Dooley, Garth Rowe and Graham Strahle

Gillian (soprano), Garth (recorders) and Graham (gamba) are experienced Adelaide musicians who convened in late 2018 to explore the musical potential of viola da gamba, recorders and voice. We are enjoying the challenge of adapting the music of the past and the present for this unusual combination, using a variety of techniques to suit musical styles as they evolved through the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Modernist periods.