Thursday, 21 April 2016

The Dark Lady and the Tender Churl - the Fourth Choir at Middle Temple Hall

Tobias Menzies
Tobias Menzies
The Fourth Choir, artistic director Dominic Peckham, is presenting an intriguing celebration of the Shakespeare anniversary. On 23 April 2016 in Middle Temple Hall (the only surviving venue where Shakespeare actually performed), they are presenting The Dark Lady and the Tender Churl which explores Shakespeare's relationship, as portrayed in the sonnets, with the Dark Lady and the handsome younger man referred to in the first Sonnet as the Tender Churl.

Choral music from Shakespeare's own time to the present day will be interspersed with readings of the sonnets given by the actor Tobias Menzies. A highlight of the concert is the first performance of the winning entry in the Fourth Choir's composition competition to set one of the sonnets. The winning entry is by Ian Lawson, a composer of animation theme songs, orchestral works, jazz, music-theatre and rock music; his most well-known composition is Fireman Sam - the theme song for a favourite children's animation series.

Full information from the Fourth Choir's website.

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