Monday 14 November 2016 7:30PM

Ian Bostridge; Sir Antonio Pappano and Friends

Shakespeare Songs

Additional notes

Confirmation of Speaker and Programme
Eve Best (actor) has been confirmed as the speaker, who will read selected excerpts of Shakespeare plays, taking part in the above concert.

The concert will be followed by a post-concert talk at 9:45pm in the auditorium with Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano. This is free to concert ticket holders.


  • Ian Bostridge tenor
  • Sir Antonio Pappano piano
  • Adam Walker flute
  • Michael Collins clarinet
  • Lawrence Power viola
  • Elizabeth Kenny lute
  • Eve Best speaker

Shakespeare’s peerless feeling for the music of the English language has inspired countless composers, from those who set the Bard’s verse during his lifetime to musicians as diverse as Britten, Finzi, Korngold and Stravinsky.

Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano, together with four outstanding chamber musicians, delve into the rich Shakespeare legacy here, marking the playwright’s quarter-centenary with a delectable programme of works written for Jacobean productions, Restoration revivals and the modern concert hall.

  • Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
        • Let us garlands bring Op. 18
  • William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
        • Caleno Custure Me
  • Thomas Morley (c.1557-1602)
        • It was a lover and his lass
  • John Wilson (1595-1674)
        • Take, O take those lips away
  • Thomas Morley
        • O Mistresse mine
  • Robert Johnson (c.1583-1633)
        • Full fathom five
        • Where the bee sucks
  • Interval
  • Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
        • An Silvia D891
  • Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
        • Come away, Death Op. 6 No. 1
  • Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
        • She never told her love
  • Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
        • Under the Greenwood Tree
  • Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
        • Pretty Ring Time
        • O mistress mine
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)
      • Songs of the Clown Op. 29
        • No. 1 Come Away Death
        • No. 3 Adieu Good Man Devil
  • Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
        • Fancy
  • Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
        • Fancie
  • Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)
        • Songs for Ariel
  • Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
        • Three Songs from William Shakespeare
  • Anon
        • When that I was and a little tiny boy (Interspersed with excerpts from Shakespeare plays)

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