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'In sweet music is such art...'

with Jen Waghorn

Exploration and demonstration of music used in the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatres

Join theatre history researcher and musician Jen Waghorn for a musical After Hours talk and performance.

Find out more about the music used in Elizabethan and Jacobean theatres, and uncover some of the ways Shakespeare used music in his plays. Listen as Jen plays Renaissance instruments and then explore with her examples of modern theatre music as she performs original settings of Shakespeare songs from recent productions.

'In sweet music is such art...'

— Queen Katharine, Henry VIII, Act III, Scene 1

Artist Biography

Jen Waghorn is a theatre history researcher and musician based in Stratford-upon-Avon. She is currently finishing her doctoral thesis at the Shakespeare Institute on the original music of Shakespeare’s theatre company and the seventeenth century composers who worked between the theatre and the court. She has advised on music history for productions at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and The Other Place since 2018, and has worked with the Historical Dance Society on reconstructing Jacobean court masque entertainments.

Jen is also a theatre composer, musician and musical director; she has written music for around thirty productions (mostly Shakespeare) with various theatre companies, including the Arcola Theatre, FRED, and the Year Out Drama Company. She also performs regularly as a solo singer-songwriter, and as a violinist and singer with folk bands Greenman Rising and the Company of Players. She was named Stratford-upon-Avon Musician of the Year in 2018 (Stratford-upon-Avon Awards). She plays a variety of instruments, including violin, guitar, mandolin, accordion, piano, hurdy-gurdy and rebec, combined with loop pedal work and beatboxing.


Booking is essential as spaces are limited.  

Tickets: £10 Adults/ £8 Concessions/ £8 Friends of the Trust 

Book online, at our ticket offices at any of Shakespeare's family homes, or call 01789 201806. 

Venue: The Shakespeare Centre - The Wolfson Hall, 20 Henley St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW

All After Hours events are on the second Saturday of the month and run from 5.30-7.00 pm. 

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