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Salisbury Chamber Chorus’s July concert presents excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays, including Othello, Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor set to music in operas by Verdi, Berlioz, Gounod, Vaughan Williams amongst others. Come and hear the three witches of Macbeth become an army of sopranos and mezzo-sopranos in Giuseppe Verdi’s take on the Scottish play. Or how Ophelia’s descent into madness is accompanied by the background noise of some Danish peasants celebrating the arrival of spring in Ambroise Thomas’ version of Hamlet. The programme will even contain Shakespeare’s actual texts in amongst the French, Italian and German translations, in two pieces by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Our Music Director for this summer performance, John Cuthbert, says the “concert promises to be an emotional rollercoaster through comedy and tragedy”.