In Voice and Verse

Shakespeare in Song

A captivating programme of glorious song settings from across the centuries which illuminate Shakespeare's own words.

The Trio present a 1 hour musical journey through some of the finest vocal settings, interspersed with spoken excerpts, all using Shakespeare's original texts. Composers include the 17th & 18th century masters Pelham Humfrey and Thomas Arne; the great Arthur Sullivan, Rossini and Ivor Gurney. From our own era we offer illuminating pieces by Madeleine Dring and Richard Stoker.

Performed by Soprano Belinda Yates and Pianist Heather Chamberlain, and interspersed with spoken extracts from Shakespeare's works by Actor Lance Pierson.

Run Time: 1 hour - no interval.
During the performances we will project a selection of texts, images & other information.

"Belinda Yates has a voice to die for. From first note to last, she pulls every drop of emotion and meaning from each of the songs she renders. So much of singing should be about telling a story and she does this with consummate skill... [with] Heather Chamberlain, providing piano accompaniment to song and speech."

"Lance Pierson’s rich, bass voice brings each of the selected texts to life... ..he plays Falstaff in Merry Wives... we could almost have been there in the dark forest with him. ...leaving text hanging in the air, letting us enjoy the richness of the language without feeling rushed."

"...And the idea of running a slide projector showing the words and some very helpful explanations of the more obscure parts of Shakespearean language was a masterstroke."

Tim Wilcock -
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"In Voice and Verse take us on a beautiful journey through these wonderful pieces... they certainly deliver what is promised."

"Pianist Heather Chamberlain switches from piano to harpsichord to suit perfectly the feel of each song."

"Soprano Belinda Yates has a beautifully rich tone and makes even her top notes seem effortless."

Hannah Lucy Baker -

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