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Storytelling: music meets Shakespeare

Shakespeare in concert

Last year, back in May 2018, I went to a Shakespeare-themed concert by the Alumni Orchestra of Leuven University. It all started with:

Music oft hath such a charm
To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.

William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Two of my cousins actually played in the orchestra, which is why I was there. But I was also intrigued since I did study English literature and have the full collected works of the Bard on my bookshelves at home. It was an amazing Sunday afternoon concert with music, tellings and singing.

The programme consisted of works that were composed inspired by Shakespeare’s work:

The symphonic orchestra was conducted by Hans Casteleyn and joined by singer Nel Vanhee and Yves Van Handenhove. And the stories in between were told by Belgian actor Tom Van Bauwel.

What a truly original way to keep these masterworks alive! And love the combination of my two favourite things: books and music.

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