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Commissioned by Opera North Projects and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Part of the RSC Complete Works Festival In this brand new work for eight musicians and three voices, Gavin Bryars' music flows through and around a personal selection of Shakespeare's sonnets. The piece is accompanied by a specially commissioned film and is musically directed by James Holmes, Opera North's Head of Music. In the first half of the concert individual sonnets are set by guest composers, including Alexander Balanescu, Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons) and Natalie Merchant. “One of the most compelling and enjoyable composers in the Northern Hemisphere” — Financial Times on Gavin Bryars