Songs in the time of Shakespeare

Saturday 14 September 2019


The course

This is a singing workshop where the participants will have the opportunity to develop and share a number of songs used or mentioned within the plays of Shakespeare.  The dramatic context of the pieces will be considered in order to inform an authentic performance of the songs.  Many of these songs came from the streets, and would have been well-known by everyday people in the late 16th and early 17th century.  The social context of the plays and the songs will also be considered as a useful background perspective. Replica instruments from the period will also be demonstrated to give a greater understanding of the range of acoustic sounds heard in the theatre at the time.

The tutors

Jedd Owen-Ellis Clark is a voice and singing specialist, lecturer and practitioner in higher education, with a particular interest in the human communicative nature of the voice, and what history can teach us of human ‘harmony’ in sound and culture.

Jez Smith is a historic life interpreter at the museum and plays a range of historical musical instruments and researches music and its related social history.

Participant information

Everything will be provided. Please be aware it is the Goodwood Revival on 14th and 15th of September 2019 and there will be road closures in place and alternative travel arrangements will be in effect, with diversions in the locality. If accommodation is required, an early booking is advisable due to a high demand in the local area.


£70 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open for lunch or alternatively participants can bring their own packed lunch.



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