SL Shakespeare Summer — The Tempest

This week, August 10–16, the Cale­don Library, Radio Riel and Riel Events proud­ly present the third and final part of our series SL Shake­speare Sum­mer, with Shake­speare’s com­e­dy The Tem­pest. Spe­cial pro­gram­ming will be run­ning on Radio Riel’s Main Stream all week, includ­ing a full cast record­ing of the play (see below). In addi­tion there are sev­er­al spe­cial events you can attend.

The Week on Radio Riel

Sun­day, August 10Sibelius and His Con­tem­po­raries. Sibelius wrote a pow­er­ful and impres­sive oper­at­ic set­ting of The Tem­pest. Today Gabrielle Riel will be pre­sent­ing this and a range of oth­er works, well known and not so well known, by Sibelius and oth­er com­posers of his time.

Then join Radio Riel at the Cale­don Library to hear The Tem­pest, star­ring Ian McK­ellen, Emil­ia Fox, and a full cast, at 1pm SLT / 21:00 BST, fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion of the play. The lis­ten­ing par­ty and dis­cus­sion will take place on the Great Lawn of the White­horn Library, Cale­don Vic­to­ria City (

Mon­day, August 11Clas­sics of the Sea. The storm at sea is a cen­tral motif of The Tem­pest and today Elrik Mer­lin devel­ops on this theme with a col­lec­tion of sea­wor­thy clas­sics, not only from the realm of clas­si­cal music — with such com­posers as Vaugh­an Williams, Charles Stan­ford, Thomas Arne and Hen­ry Wood — but inter­spersed with some gen­uine, tra­di­tion­al songs of the sea, sung in the tra­di­tion­al man­ner.

Tues­day, August 12Pur­cell and the Baroque — Hen­ry Pur­cell was one of the first to orches­trate set­tings of Shake­speare’s plays and he is well-known for The Fairy Queen (aka A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream) and The Tem­pest. In addi­tion to his works, we will also include oth­er com­posers of the Baroque peri­od such as Vival­di, Rameau and, of course, George Fred­er­ick Han­del.

Wednes­day, August 13Music of Shake­speare — Today’s pro­gramme fea­tures musi­cal adap­ta­tions and inci­den­tal music to sev­er­al of Shake­speare’s works, rang­ing in orches­tra­tion from wind band to full orches­tra.

Thurs­day, August 14The Eliz­a­bethan The­atre — This pro­gramme not only includes music from Shake­speare’s time, but also attempts to catch the feel­ing of the Eliz­a­bethan the­atre-going expe­ri­ence, with extracts from the plays per­formed as they would have been at the time, inter­wo­ven with music and con­tem­po­rary com­ments from play­go­ers, pro­vid­ed by the play­ers and musi­cians of the mod­ern recre­ation of The Globe The­atre in South­wark.

Fri­day, August 15The Celtic Voy­age — Soliel Snook takes you on a sea voy­age from ancient times — from the lands of the Celts, who may well have been the first Euro­peans to reach North Amer­i­ca.

Sat­ur­day, August 16Our Rev­els Now Are End­ed — Gabrielle Riel wraps up not only this week but also the entire series of SL Shake­speare Sum­mer, with an anthol­o­gy of music for the week’s per­for­mances, cul­mi­nat­ing in a Grand Ball on the enchant­ed isle of Win­ter­fell Lib­ris ( Feel free to join us in cos­tume as your favourite char­ac­ter from the play (8–10pm SLT).

Wednes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day’s pro­grammes also include the com­plete full-cast per­for­mance of The Tem­pest.

SL Shake­speare Sum­mer is a project of Radio Riel, Riel Events and the Cale­don Library, and is made pos­si­ble by fund­ing from the Foun­da­tion for Rich Con­tent – and by lis­ten­ers like you.

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