If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
In a 400th anniversary tribute to Shakespeare, this performance unites the best and brightest of Britain’s young choristers and jazz musicians. With a programme inspired by the bard’s plays and poetry, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Chamber Choir come together for a rich tapestry of musical takes on Shakespeare: including Vaughan Williams, Swingle Singers founder Ward Swingle, and a rare performance of Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder.
What’s more, our venue, the beautiful and historic Holy Trinity Church, is the very church where William Shakespeare himself was baptised, where he worshipped and where he is buried. Hence, the evening is sure to evoke the spirit of Shakespeare.
The project was born in 2015 when both ensembles were invited to create a Shakespeare-themed programme for the City of London Festival. Having toured with this programme with concerts at Cheltenham and Petworth Festivals in July, the concert has been described by the The Arts Desk as ‘One of the best and most original programmes I can remember’.
Fresh from a recent tour of Germany and the Netherlands with the Bundesjazzorchester and Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest, and under the direction of Mark Armstrong, NYJO is a big band in blistering form. The 24-voice ensemble that comprises the National Youth Camber Choir has also excelled on an international level in the last year, with performances ranging from Salt Lake City to the Malta International Choir Festival.
So come join us for what promises to be a lyrical evening of beautiful music inspired by one of Britain’s best-loved cultural icons.