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BOOK REVIEW in Early Theatre magazine

REVIEW Early Theatre 21.1 (2018) Bill Barclay and David Lindley (eds). Shakespeare, Music and Performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. Jennifer Moss Waghorn, Shakespeare Institute (University of Birmingham) The central  — and persuasive  — premise of Shakespeare, Music and Performance is the fluidity, flexibility, and potential significance of music as a dramatic element across all […]

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Peer Gynt debuts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Last October I debuted a new adaptation of Ibsen and Grieg’s famed masterpiece Peer Gynt, cut to 90 minutes of music and story for four magical performances. It was performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Ken-David Masur and featuring the incomparable soprano Camilla Tilling and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Photos by and […]

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King of Ghosts album launched

I have a new album out this month I’m so excited to share with everyone, KING OF GHOSTS, featuring sarod virtuoso Soumik Datta and the City of London Sinfonia. This is the fourth release from Globe Music, the label I set up and manage for Shakespeare’s Globe. Percussionist Cormac Byrne plays the talking bodhran and […]

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Festival of Independence

Announcing a new series at the Globe of music, film, theatre, and comedy put together by a few of us working over time, in cahoots with phenomenal talent and playwright Tanika Gupta, the festival curator. You can read more here and the concert I’m leading on June 21 & 22 with Soumik Datta, Talvin Singh, […]

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My New Book on Shakespeare’s Music

This year after 4 years of writing, editing, research and collaboration with an incredible group of intrepid scholars, Shakespeare, Music, and Performance has been finally published by Cambridge University Press and is available for purchase here. Our book launch is Monday, May 8th at 5pm at Shakespeare’s Globe. Here’s the blurb: Music has been an essential constituent […]

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Growing Praise for MALI IN OAK

Mali in Oak is the third release from Globe Music, the new record label I founded and manage for Shakespeare’s Globe. Featuring Nigerian kora virtuoso and cellist Tunde Jegede and the innovative and dynamic South African guitarist Derek Gripper, this is a disc of Malian griot repertoire, recorded in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse under the […]

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Conducting a New Film Score with the BFI

Play On – Shakespeare and Silent Cinema, was released a few months ago by both the British Film Institute and Shakespeare’s Globe as one of our many collaborations during the Shakespeare 400 season. For this project, I conducted and supervised a score composed by five Globe composers – Academy Award winner Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare In […]

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GLOBE MUSIC – A new record label for Shakespeare’s Globe

 In 2016 I launched a new record label, Globe Music – capturing special collaborations at Shakespeare’s Globe. Bringing together some of the world’s finest musicians to commune in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, this label attempts to bottle the unique environment where music and the theatrical meet. Our first disc, Songs from Our Ancestors with Ian Bostridge and Xuefei Yang was shortlisted […]

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BBC PROMS at the Globe

  Last summer we invited the BBC Proms to host one of its few satellite concerts at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Jonny Cohen and his fabulous group Arcangelo came to grace us with a profoundly beautiful Restoration programme of Purcell and others that went out live on Radio 3. This video gives a good sense […]

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Wonder Women Concert Series

In 2016, we took a radical departure from the Candlelit Concert series by bringing together a technicolour clutch of women from folk to electropop and featured them across both our spaces. It was a huge pleasure to work with Radio 6 DJ and admirable music entrepreneur Lauren Laverne in putting this series together. Roisin Murphy […]

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What is Concert Theatre?

Antony & Cleopatra: Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra with actors from Shakespeare’s Globe at the Barbican Concert theatre is a new incarnation of an old genre. It’s actors with orchestra, occasionally projections, puppets, you name it. Appearing in various different forms over the last 10-20 years, this is one of the most exciting […]

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Obama hears my tunes…

This was a rather big day. On April 23rd, 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, President Obama came to visit the Globe to congratulate the Hamlet Globe to Globe company, who had played 197 countries in the world – by far a world record. This is Phoebe Fildes playing my tunes at something hysterical […]

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HAMLET’s concluding NYT piece as our historic tour ends

INTERNATIONAL ARTS London’s Globe Theater Is Winding Up ‘Hamlet’ World Tour By CHRISTOPHER D. SHEAMARCH 22, 2016 The traveling Globe to Globe “Hamlet” in February in Malta. CreditGianni Cipriano for The New York Times SLIEMA, Malta — Minutes before the curtain was set to rise on a production of “Hamlet” at the Salesian Theater here, […]

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Mendelssohn’s Midsummer at the Boston Symphony

In January I directed by own adaptation of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Nights Dream for four actors, two singers, women’s chorus, orchestra, and projections at Symphony Hall, Boston.  Andris Nelsons conducted the luminous BSO in four performances of the adaptation that also featured Henze’s Symphony No. 8 and Weber’s Overture to Oberon – two other pieces […]

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