Royal Festival Hall visit

The works of Shakespeare have provided inspiration not only for writers and dramatists but also musicians: this was the theme of a concert at Royal Festival Hall attended by G9-10 music students in early November. With a focus on the interpretation of Romeo and Juliet by composers such as Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Bernstein, we explored how music can represent and construct ideas such as love, conflict and peace. The London Philharmonic Orchestra gave wonderful examples of how musical elements such as instrumentation, rhythm, harmony all contribute towards building a composition. This insight into how to build ‘drama’ into music followed by a question and answer session with a member of the orchestra gave students valuable resources to draw on for their own composition work.

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