News Round Up: Shakespeare Songs March tour

23 March 2016

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Ahead of visiting Ireland, Andy Sheppard was interviewed by Luke Clancy in his studio in Bristol. The Culture File special aired 2 - 4 February. Carl Corcoran also featured the trio on The Blue of the Night ahead of their tour.

The musicians also spent an afternoon in the RTÉ studios during their tour, ahead of their Smock Alley concert 16 March. They played some tracks from their tour setlist and were interviewed by Seán Rocks.


Demonstration and question-and-answer with students of BIMM Dublin


30 students from BIMM Dublin took part in this session with the three musicians. Topics discussed included the use of recording as part of the composition process, drum tuning and brush techniques, challenges/opportunities posed when writing for a bass-less trio, the differences in improvising during practice and during performance, the importance of collaboration with other instrumentalists while writing, the choice to specialise on one instrument, and the role of teachers in structuring learning.

Credit Ruth Medjber (Ruthless Imagery Photography)


The artists also discussed how they came together to work on the Shakespeare Songs project, and played three pieces from their tour setlist, Vengeance won't take place - The TempestMarching Forest - Macbeth, and Cordelia - King Lear.

Credit Ruth Medjber (Ruthless Imagery Photography)


The session finished with a reminder to attendees to ‘embrace the mystery in music!’ ‘It’s great that, in music, there’s room for mystery- you don’t have to know everything’ – Andy Sheppard.

L-R: Cote Calmet, The Jazz Lab, Moderator - Guillaume de Chassy - Ann Marie Shields, BIMM, Christophe Marguet - Stephen D'Arcy, BIMM - Andy Sheppard

Credit Ruth Medjber (Ruthless Imagery Photography)

Stephen D'Arcy - "...the students really enjoyed it and took a lot away from it, and I know the staff and tutors presents loved it!"


Photos from concert in Smock Alley Theatre, 16 March:

Credit Emily O’Callaghan

Guillaume de Chassy - "...for each concert, the audience was really attentive, with big ears and a lot of good feedback..."


Programme notes:

For each of our tours, we commission influential writers to add flavour to our programmes. Journalist and reviewer Cormac Larkin compiled the programme notes for Shakespeare Songs, read them here.

For more information on the tour, see here.