Singing Shakespeare

Launching on Shakespeare's 450th Birthday in April 2014, Singing Shakespeare will inspire people from all over the world to perform and create musical settings of Shakespeare. 

Singing Shakespeare is an on-going project that will bring together choirs, composers and music lovers through a combination of local events and online resources. We aim to:

  • Produce a series of events in the UK, along with appropriate and accessible resources for global use
  • Engage with individuals and groups across the world through vocal/choral settings of Shakespeare’s text
  • Encourage engagement with individuals and groups as diverse as pre-school children, amateur choirs, music students and professional ensembles
  • Provide resources and opportunities for involvement to all levels of musical ability
  • Encourage performance of new and existing works by amateur and professional performers in any part of the world
  • Encourage new work from both established and emerging composers
  • Encourage and nurture relationships between individuals and groups through performance and production of new work

Check back soon for details of Singing Shakespeare events, resources for choirs, an exciting opportunity for emerging composers and much more!

Enquiries: please email us at with any enquiries.


Launch Concert - 24th April 2014

Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, 7.30pm

Featuring the world premieres of three brand new and innovative choral settings by award winning composer Gary Carpenter, a setting of ‘Fear no more’ by Stephen Sondheim in a new arrangement by David Wordsworth, artistic director of Singing Shakespeare, who will also conduct the combined choirs and soloists from the Birmingham Conservatoire in a performance of Vaughan Williams’ ‘Serenade to Music’.

With performances by:
Stratford Chamber Choir (dir. Stephen Dodsworth)
Holy Trinity Church Choir (dir. Benedict Wilson)
Cantare (dir. Matthew Smallwood)
Elliott Rooney – piano
Plus special guests Forbes Masson and Katy Stephens.

Tickets: adults £12 and concessions £9 (children 5-17, students in full time education and over 60s)

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Find out more about this special event, supported by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.