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Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On

  • St Paul's Covent Garden Bedford Street London, WC2E 9ED United Kingdom (map)
We welcome, all the way from Denmark, Chamber Choir Musica and storyteller Pernille Stockfleth for a concert programme celebrating Shakespeare in the spoken and sung word. Look out for settings of words from The Tempest, Othello, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream and more.
  • Settings by Thomas Morley, Henry Purcell, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Amy Beach
  • New works composed for this project by Filipe Carvalheiro and Christian Hildebrandt
  • Nordic composers' takes on Shakespeare by Komulainen, Jeppesen and Mäntyjärvi

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Musica Chamber Choir and storyteller Pernille Stocketh celebrate his legacy with the storytelling concert Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On. We investigate, through a Nordic perspective, how composers from Shakespeare’s era to our own have been inspired by the powerful emotions in his plays.
The audience will experience stories and choral works from Hamlet, Othello, The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night and As You Like It, among others. Music, drama and story are interwoven in an exploration into Shakespeare’s emotional universe.

Among the selected composers are Thomas Morley, Henry Purcell, Juhani Komulainen, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Amy Beach, Frank Martin, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Matthew Harris, as well as pieces composed for the project by Christian Hildebrandt and Musica’s conductor Filipe Carvalheiro.

Chamber Choir Musica
Soloist-storyteller - Pernille Stockfleth
Conductor - Filipe Carvalheiro

Pernille Stockfleth

Pernille Stockfleth

Tickets £23 (premium) £18 (unreserved) children £5 - book online now.

The premium package includes reserved seat + programme + interval drink.


Chamber Choir Musica is a well-established Danish chamber choir founded in 1986 and based in Copenhagen. Musica consists of approximately 20 dedicated singers and is one of the top 5 amateur chamber choirs in Copenhagen. Musica’s main focus is the a cappella repertoire ranging from the renaissance masters to new commissions. The choir also performs with instrumental and vocal soloists and ensembles, and its trademark is a thought-out thematic approach to concert programmes, exploring themes such as “Musical Milestones”, “Water” and “Light and Darkness”. 
Musica’s conductor Filipe Carvalheiro was born in Portugal in 1967. He studied conducting at the Conservatory of Lisbon and at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, USA. He has studied conducting with Donato Renzetti and Jorma Panula as well as music composition with Emmanuel Nunes and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He has been employed at Lisbon’s national opera, and has since 1988 been artistic director of the Music festival Musica em S. Roque, where he is responsible for choosing artists and repertoire. Filipe has been Musica’s conductor since 2009 and has, with Musica, twice won the prize for best conductor at choir competitions.
The soloist Pernille Stockfleth is a very experienced storyteller who has entertained thousands of adults and children with her animated performances in numerous venues and at storytelling festivals throughout Denmark.

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Later Event: October 9
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