Today, April 23, marks the 400th anniversary of the passing of William Shakespeare, and thus today on Radio Riel’s Main Stream we will be exploring the wide range of music written to accompany or be a part of the Immortal Bard’s works. In addition we will be linking up with Fantasy Faire Radio at 1:30pm Pacific Time/21:30 in the UK to broadcast the Fairelands Players’ new radio adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Overall today, the musical works you’ll hear today range from classical – for example Tchaikovsky’s fantasy overtures for Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet and The Tempest – to the modern: Gryphon’s Midnight Mushrumps, also composed for The Tempest but this time by Richard Harvey for Peter Hall’s 1973 National Theatre Company production; and a great deal more, such as Alfred Reed’s evocative Shakespearian pieces for wind band. We’ll also hear a selection of period pieces from the Musicians of the Globe — the marvellous recreation of the Globe Theatre in London.
Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. If you are in the United States or Canada, please click here to launch the Stream Licensing player. You can also listen via TuneIn.