Singing Shakespeare

Singing Shakespeare is a global project inspiring people all over the world to perform and create musical settings of Shakespeare. 

Singing Shakespeare is an on-going project that will bring together choirs, composers and music lovers through a combination of local events and online resources. We aim to:

  • Produce a series of events in the UK, along with appropriate and accessible resources for global use
  • Engage with individuals and groups across the world through vocal/choral settings of Shakespeare’s text
  • Encourage engagement with individuals and groups as diverse as pre-school children, amateur choirs, music students and professional ensembles
  • Provide resources and opportunities for involvement to all levels of musical ability
  • Encourage performance of new and existing works by amateur and professional performers in any part of the world
  • Encourage new work from both established and emerging composers
  • Encourage and nurture relationships between individuals and groups through performance and production of new work

Check back soon for details of Singing Shakespeare events, resources for choirs, an exciting opportunity for emerging composers and much more!

Enquiries: please email us at with any enquiries.


Launch Concert - 24th April 2014

We launched Singing Shakespeare with a very special concert in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon; the church where Shakespeare lies buried alongside members of his family.

Featuring the world premieres of three brand new choral settings by award winning composer Gary Carpenter, a setting of ‘Fear no more’ by Stephen Sondheim in a new arrangement by David Wordsworth and performances from the combined choirs and soloists from the Birmingham Conservatoire in a performance of Vaughan Williams’ ‘Serenade to Music’.

This beautiful concert was the perfect start to this exciting project. Read some of the comments from audience members:

"a perfect sublime evening of words and music"

"That was an amazing evening. Thanks to all involved. Superb Choral arrangements and interspersed with Shakespeare verse. Loved it all" 

"glorious concert tonight" 


The Singing Shakespeare concert would not be possible with the generous support and help of the Holy Trinity PCC and Friends of Music at Holy Trinity Church. Our thanks also to the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust for supporting this fantastic event.