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RNCM Day of Song

RNCM, 29 April 2012

This celebration of Shakespeare and song sparkled like a sapphire-encrusted silver crown.

It began with ‘A marriage of true minds: Shakespeare and Roger Quilter’, a concert which served as a fascinating foray into Quilter’s world.  He was a composer who took much of his inspiration from Elizabethan song, not least the Bard.

There were myriad concerts and other events throughout the day, culminating in the evening concert, ‘Shakespeare in all his infinite variety’; and a richly eclectic feast it turned out to be.  We were treated to Berlioz’s melancholy and mournful and unbearably beautiful ‘La mort d’Ophelia’ along with John Dankworth’s light and uplifting jazz accompaniment to the text ‘If music be the food of love, play on…’  Whilst Joseph Horovitz’s score traced the trajectory of Lady Macbeth’s descent from diabolical vitality to forlorn madness.  And there was much, much else to admire here.  It was all good, like the day itself.  Infinitely good, in fact.

So custom doesn’t seem to have staled him yet.