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Shakespeare’s Musical Brain Conference

16 April, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Unsurprisingly, reflecting the immense influence and inspiration that Shakespeare’s work has brought to all the various art-forms over the centuries, 2016’s commemorative activities will include many operas, ballets, orchestral and choral works, chamber music recitals and exhibitions, that draw upon his plays and poetry.  This conference, however, aims to turn the subject through 180° so as to explore the vital importance of music to Shakespeare himself and the role it played in his and his company’s creative processes as well as in the experience of audiences then and now.

The conference will consider the relationship between words and music in aesthetic and scientific terms, and how it affects the relationship between actor and audience then as now. Bill Barclay, Director of Music at the Globe Theatre, will explore the Music of the Spheres, both as this relates to Shakespeare and its meaning from ancient times through to modern physics. Prof Michael Trimble, behavioural neurologist, will examine the similarities and differences in the conception and reception of words and music, understanding their distinct and mutual importance better through the medium of Shakespeare himself.  Actors and musicians will take a leading part, illustrating and responding creatively to the lectures, joining in discussion and ending the event with a performance of music and readings that reflects the themes of the day.


16 April, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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King’s College London
020 7836 5454

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