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Thursday, November 22 • 17:10 - 18:00
Romeo and Juliet

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Scenes from Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" by actors,
accompanied by Prokofiev's "Romeo & Juliet" suite viola/piano (arr. Borisovsky);
Actors and Viola students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Anthony Hewitt, piano

Students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire will perform selected movements from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet arranged by the great Russian violist Vadim Borisovsky. Birmingham is close to Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval market town in England’s West Midlands and the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The close geographical proximity of these two places, intrinsically links them and for this reason we feel a representation of the Bard’s famous tragedy is a challenge especially suited to our department. However, this will be a performance with a difference.  Actors will narrate our performance, punctuating the music with spoken excerpts from Shakespeare’s play to create a truly immersive experience.

The theme of the 2018 congress; Exploring New Ways to Perform will be wholly represented in this recital which will not only see an orchestral masterpiece reduced to a duo but a ballet transformed to a dramatic presentation combining word and music. This performance demonstrably relates to the first two specified points on the call for proposals: 1. Exploring how to create and/or reach more diverse audiences and 2. Exploring unusual and different ways of performing canonical repertoire.

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Anthony Hewitt

Pianist, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Anthony Hewitt is regarded as one of Britain’s most gifted pianists, and, since winning the prestigious William Kapell Competition in Washington D.C., has enjoyed a prolific performing career spanning two decades, including concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra... Read More →
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Louise Lansdown

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Louise Lansdown was appointed Head of Strings at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012. Louise is the founder of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and Festival, launched at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in October 2014, as well as being the founder and President... Read More →
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Lucy Nolan

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Dublin-born Lucy enjoys a busy career as a chamber musician and teacher. She moved to England in 2004 and graduated with highest honours from the Royal Northern College of Music. Lucy is a founding member of the Eblana String Trio and frequently guests with a number of Britain's leading... Read More →
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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Viola Class

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has a firmly established reputation for its outstanding violadepartment, partly due to its close links with the British and International Viola Societies. In 2014,the inaugural Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and Festival took place inBirmingham... Read More →

Thursday November 22, 2018 17:10 - 18:00 CET
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands