The Full Works Concert - Wednesday 23 April 2014

Jane Jones hosts an English Celebration, marking both Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and St George’s Day.

Jane Jones marks a very special Shakespearean anniversary with music inspired by the great Bard's plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing.

And as it’s also St George’s Day, Jane has picked some great English music including a sparkling guitar quartet arrangement of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, which was also coincidentally based on A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Listen out also for a modern take on The Tempest in the form of Michael Nyman’s soundtrack to the Peter Greenaway film Prospero’s Books.

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - Incidental Music
Soloists: Arleen Auger, Ann Murray
Neville Marriner conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra and Ambrosian Singers

Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen Suite
Take Four Guitar Quartet

William Walton: Henry V Suite
Andrew Litton conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Michael Nyman: Prospero’s Books – Cornfield
Michael Nyman conducts the Michael Nyman Band and Orchestra

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing - Concert Suite Opus 11
Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria

Ralph Vaughan Williams: 3 Shakespeare Songs
Jeremy Summerly conducts the Schola Cantorum of Oxford

Nigel Hess: Shakespeare Pictures
Nigel Hess conducts the Central Band of the Royal Air Force