Blogs by Richard Sandland

Fantasia on a Theme of Frank Benson

December 22, 2014

It's nice to report that we had, 100 years ago, one of the undisputed masters of what is now known as the Second English Musical Renaissance working here.

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Shakespeare's other Julius

November 17, 2014

The music for As You Like It in 1946 was written by Julius Harrison. I became interested in him after hearing a CD of his orchestral music issued by the admirable Dutton record company, who have been gradually recording much neglected British music from the 20th Century.

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Who was Anthony Bernard?

October 28, 2014

As promised, here's more about Anthony Bernard, Music Director between 1932 and 1942.

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Overture Shakespearean 1879

September 29, 2014

Soon after the building of the new Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1879, a gala concert was held in the new space.

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Rosabel Watson and King John

September 8, 2014

I have to admit to becoming really keen on a name from the early years; Suffragette Rosabel Watson – who worked in Stratford on and off between 1916 and 1944, as a Music Director.

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Anthony Bernard

August 21, 2014

Anthony Bernard was Music Director for us between 1932 and 1942. The story goes that in 1932, Sir Edward Elgar was offered the post of Music Director by the RSC but that he turned it down, recommending Anthony Bernard in his place.

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John Wooldridge

August 12, 2014

The 1951 production of The Tempest at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon directed by Michael Benthall and starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Burton as Ferdinand, featured music by John Wooldridge.

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Country Dancing 1914 and 1986

August 7, 2014

Our plans to reopen The Other Place in 2016 remind me of many happy shows in the old tin hut, which stood on the site of the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Welcome to the archive

August 1, 2014

Ever since the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in 1879, music has been an integral part of the productions in Stratford-upon-Avon. Some of the great names of British music over the last century have written for us.

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