Peter Knight scores soundtrack for Woodland Walk at Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Peter Knight, the renowned violinist and composer (Steeleye Span and Gigspanner) has created an original soundtrack for the Woodland Walk at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens, the childhood home of William Shakespeare’s wife. The new work has been commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the charity which cares for the five historic houses linked with Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, with help from the Happy Museums Project.

22 March 2013


Visitors taking the Woodland Walk in the grounds of the world-famous Cottage will be able to listen to Cobweb, Moth and Mustardseed on MP3 players (available from reception) or by downloading the track on their iphones as they enter the wood.  Marion Morgan, Programme Co-ordinator for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said, “Peter Knight has created a sensory feast of a soundtrack – it makes strolling through these woods a magical and mesmerising experience.  We are thrilled about this exciting collaboration with one of Britain’s best known folk musicians, which has been made possible thanks to support from the Happy Museum Project.”

Peter Knight said, “It is impossible for me to describe the feeling I had when I first walked through the archway at the beginning of the woodland walk at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, knowing that I would be writing some music specifically for that wood.

“My first thought was, that if that wood could have a memory, even if not those particular trees, certainly that area of land would have witnessed many things to do with the life and love between William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway.

“The music I have recorded and played is with that in mind.  Voices from the past that still linger there, and thoughts and feelings that have survived to this day.

“This is proving to be a very rewarding and enlightening experience for me. During the research and the writing and playing of the music, I realised more and more just how important the work of the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust really is.”

The installation will open on March 23rd and will run throughout the summer.  The 20 minute composition Cobweb, Moth and Mustardseed will also be available on CD, on sale at the gift shops at the five Shakespeare Houses and Gardens.

The project is part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s 2013 season of events and activities celebrating the links between Shakespeare and music.