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The Shakespearian music of Guy Woolfenden

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Dr. Leah Broad gives an insight into what Shakespeare in Stratford sounded like in the decades that Guy Woolfenden was the resident composer

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Join the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) for a free online monthly Research Conversation. Taking place on Zoom on the second Wednesday of every month, the SBT's Research Conversations provide you with the opportunity to listen to people who are engaged in research, some of whom are working on the SBT’s own Collections.

Composer Guy Woolfenden (1937-2016) was Head of Music at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) from 1963-1998, and wrote scores for every single Shakespeare play at least once.

Music has an incredible impact on theatrical performance — it can be used for scene setting, characterisation, even determine whether a scene is a comedy or tragedy. Woolfenden’s music gives us a fascinating insight into the sounds of the RSC’s history but it is currently lying in the archives, unplayed and unrecorded.

Dr. Leah Broad brings some of this music out of the archive, giving an insight into what Shakespeare in Stratford sounded like in the decades that Woolfenden was the resident composer.

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The event begins with a thirty minute presentation and will be followed by an open discussion.

All of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's Research Conversations are free, but we encourage donations in order to support our work and keep Shakespeare's story alive.

Illustration: New Place, Phil Watson

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