WORLD PREMIER OF ROXANNA PANUFNIK’S “LOVE SOUGHT”
Sean Rafferty launched BBC Radio 3’s Sounds of Shakespeare anniversary celebration weekend with a special In Tune live from the studio theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Other Place” in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace.
Kathryn joined a line-up of musicians, singers and performers, including actors with a long history of performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company, David Suchet and Harriet Walter, plus the Ophelia from the RSC’s current production of Hamlet, Natalie Simpson.
Kathryn (a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist) with pianist James Baillieu and viola player Rachel Roberts, performed the world premiere of “Love Sought” a brand new setting by composer Roxanna Panufnik of a text from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Radio 3’s “Sounds of Shakespeare” weekend (22-24th April) from Stratford-Upon-Avon marked the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. Radio 3 will be broadcasting music and performance inspired by Shakespeare, live from their pop-up studio at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Other Place Theatre and from historic venues across the town.
Listen to Kathryn’s performance during the broadcast on BBC I player by following this link.
NEW SHAKESPEARE SONGBOOK UNITED KINGDOM
“Love Sought Video directed by Mischa Giancovich
On the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the BBC and Austrian broadcaster ORF, with the support of the European Broadcasting Union, have decided to commission a New Shakespeare Songbook, offering today’s composers and musicians across Europe the chance to respond afresh to these timeless texts.
Peter Maniura – BBC Shakespeare Lives:
“If music be the food of love, play on…”
Shakespeare is a great songwriter; songs permeate the tragedies, comedies and histories and have provided a source of inspiration for composers, lyricists and performers for four centuries.
On the 400 anniversary of his death, the BBC and Austrian broadcaster ORF, with the support of the European Broadcasting Union, have decided to commission a New Shakespeare Songbook, offering today’s composers and musicians across Europe, the chance to respond afresh to these timeless texts.
But this isn’t just music to be heard, it’s meant to be seen as well. Composers and performers worked with film-makers and directors to produce new songs which were also conceived as films.
The teams were free to use any Shakespeare text from his plays and sonnets and to set them in English, or in their native tongue. There was no restriction in terms of musical genre. The British songs were co-commissioned by BBC Shakespeare Lives and BBC Radio 3.
We hope you enjoy the imaginative, diverse and poetic results – welcome to the New Shakespeare Songbook!
Watch Kathryn in the video of “Love Sought” by following this link