The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will be marking the 400th anniversary of the death of playwright and writer William Shakespeare next year, with a series of concerts inspired by the man himself.
The orchestra and ensembles will perform music spanning four centuries inspired by the Warwickshire-born writer's plays.
Events are being planned around the world next year to mark the special anniversary.
The CBSO's performances begin with Henry V in January.
“Shakespeare is in the lifeblood of the Midlands, it is where he grew up and where he is buried. We....are thrilled to be celebrating his life with ‘Our Shakespeare’, which we believe is the world’s largest scale concert series celebrating the music inspired by the playwright’s work.
We look forward to sharing those musical events with our audiences across the Midlands.”
These concerts are being held in partnership with a whole host of other arts organisations in the Midlands. They include the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Library of Birmingham, Ex Cathedra, Barber Institute, Shakespeare Institute and University of Birmingham.
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This Saturday Folksy Theatre bring their open air theatre performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet to the Dorothy Clive Garden in Shropshire. The performance will be filled with live folk music and characters as you have never seen before.
This family friendly event can be enjoyed by all and you can bring your own picnic and blankets, relax and enjoy the performance under the summer sky.
See more: http://dorothyclivegarden.co.uk/
David Cameron has been urged to create a national day to commemorate the birth of playwright William Shakespeare.
The 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth has been celebrated in recent days, leading to the MP for Stratford-upon-Avon to make the request to the prime minister.
Mr Cameron disclosed to MPs that he was inspired and driven on by Henry V's speech before the Battle of Agincourt.
In a lengthy question which appeared to have taken inspiration from Shakespeare's works, Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi referred to the Prime Minister as he said:
"Could this right honourable man, the captain of our state, lend his help to make our national poet's birth a national day, and could he disclose before the House what Shakespeare means to him?"
Mr Cameron replied: "Can I thank you for that beautifully and brilliantly crafted question about the anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.
It is a moment for celebration, not just here in Britain but all across the world, where Shakespeare's works are getting a wider and wider understanding and distribution.
I won't attempt the quotes you have brought out in your question.
But I would say to any politician, if you read Henry V's speech before Agincourt - if that doesn't inspire and drive you on, I can't think what does."
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Jacqueline Green, from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, says children are not worried about the language of Shakespeare, because they pick up on the emotion and storyline of William Shakespeare's works.
She was speaking as the playwright's town, Stratford-upon-Avon celebrates his 450th birthday.
Bell ringers at the Holy Trinity church in Stratford are taking part in Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebrations.
The church itself is known as 'Skakespeare's Church', as it is where he was baptised. He is also buried within the chancel.
Ringing Master, Charles Wilson, explains some of the history of bell ringing at the church.
Today marks William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, but the celebrations at his birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon will continue into the weekend.
A group called 'Playmakers' are planning ahead, so the town can handle the 20,000 or more expected visitors.
Emma Beasley and Sam Lloyd explain what the group are about.
Celebrations are starting today in Stratford-upon-Avon for William Shakespeare's birthday. The famous playwright was born in the town in 1564.
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will celebrate Shakepeare's 450th birthday with a firework display from the top of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre after the evening performance of Henry IV, Part 1.
The celebrations will continue over the weekend offering a range of free family theatre activities including stage fighting workshops and blood, guts and gore make-up classes.
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