Shakespeare Odes

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Thursday, 12 May 2016 7:30pm

Milton Court, London

Ex Cathedra & Academy of Vocal Music
The City Musick
Jeffrey Skidmore
Samuel West David Garrick


From 7-7.20pm you can hear instrumental music from Shakespeare’s time performed live in the concert hall.


Arne The Garrick Ode (reconstruction)
Beamish A Shakespeare Masque (text by Carol Ann Duffy – London première)


In 1769, the actor and impresario David Garrick organised a Shakespeare Jubilee in Stratford-upon-Avon. It began with a cannon firing at dawn. Young men sang under the windows of their sweethearts. There were country dances and horse-races. But the highlight was Garrick’s own specially written Shakespeare Ode with music by Thomas Arne (Rule Britannia).


To mark Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary in April 2016, Ex Cathedra – in partnership with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Shakespeare Institute and in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company – will tour a semi-staged, period-instrument performance of the Garrick Ode.


And there will be a new Ode written by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and composed by Sally Beamish for Ex Cathedra, children’s choir and a ‘broken consort’ of instruments that Shakespeare would recognise.


There will be costumes, lighting and choreography, and the audience is invited to come dressed as Shakespearean characters (this is not obligatory!).


Read a Q&A with Sally Beamish and Jeffrey Skidmore.


I doubt this performance could ever be bettered‘ (Birmingham Post)


Part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations.



£30 / £20 / £10
£3 booking fee per online transaction, £4 by phone. No fee when tickets are booked in person.


Book online or call the Barbican box office on 020 7638 8891.


Ex Cathedra gratefully acknowledges support from the following funders:



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