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Shakespeare’s music revisited

THE tales contrived by William Shakespeare are as popular as they’ve ever been, and receive a regular showing all over the world.

THE tales contrived by William Shakespeare are as popular as they’ve ever been, and receive a regular showing all over the world.

However, one aspect of the performance of Will’s plays that is rarely replicated is the music.

Way back in Elizabethan England, theatres had a ‘house band’ to provide musical accompaniment to performances. This is missing from modern performances, largely because many of the instruments are no longer well practised, and vitally because no-one really knows any of the tunes.

However, one group is trying resolve this historical dilemma by doing their best to recreate the music of Shakespeare’s era.

The Lachrimae Consort consist of six musicians playing the lute, cittern, bandora, recorder, bass, treble viols and voice.

The group will be performing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Music’ at Dorridge Village Hall on April 4.

Musician Mike Ashley explains the aim of the group.

“In this programme Lachrimae explores the sound world of Shakespeare’s plays including some of the songs and dances - and even the jolly jigs which traditionally ended performances until Shakespeare put an end to the practice - it seriously spoilt the end of the tragedies!”

For more information and tickets, priced at £10, contact Robin Morris on 01564 773482.

 

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