Over the last four and a half centuries, William Shakespeare’s work has inspired poets, artists and composers across the globe.
In commemoration of his death in 1616, Chantage showcased settings to music of Shakespeare’s haunting and poignant poetry at St James' Piccadilly.. The concert featured, amongst other works, the Songs of Ariel by Swiss composer Frank Martin, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Three Shakespeare Songs and Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s Four Shakespeare Songs.
Chantage was joined by Slingshot Theatre, performing scenes from Shakespeare's plays.
Miranda is a character in Shakespeare's play The Tempest, first performed around 1611. The play features a song by the character Ariel; this passage has been set to music many times and Chantage will be singing some of those settings. It is more commonly known as ‘Full Fathom Five.
“Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change into something rich and strange. Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: Ding-dong.
Hark! now I hear them — Ding-dong, bell”
from ‘Ariel’s song’ The Tempest Act 1, Scene ii
Chantage are delighted to announce they will be joined by Christopher Hawes and Sarah Mardel from Slingshot Theatre, who will be performing excerpts from Shakespeare's works, at our next concert on 23 April 2016.
About Slingshot Theatre
Slingshot exist to make people laugh, to make people think and to engage people in the unique wonder of live theatre. We champion the use of half-mask, celebrate the surreal and are very ordered in our creation of anarchy.
A reviewer writing about our first show Zanniskinheads described it as “like watching two delinquent children playing and fantasising”. He meant it as a criticism but we wear it as a badge. Theatre is play. In Shakespeare’s day actors weren’t called actors, they were called ‘players’. We go to watch a ‘play’. We sit in a building and imagine that what we are seeing is real. We imagine and we dream.
Find out more about Slingshot Theatre on their website.
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"Chantage is a class act and this is a wonderful album, nicely conceived and beautifully performed. The collection is a great resource for brides and grooms and choir directors looking for something different for a wedding." - Amazon reviewer
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Chantage is delighted with all the amazing feedback and reviews for our first Prom on Saturday 16 August 2014! 5 stars in the Times, 4 stars in the Guardian, Telegraph and Independent, as well as a huge number of positive tweets and comments. Thanks to everyone who gave their feedback - here's just a sample:
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Lewis Carnie, Head of Programmes for Radio 2 and 6 Music said:
"I'm delighted that so many Radio 2 listeners accessed one of the finest live performances we have ever recorded for Radio 2"