Lend Me Your Ears
Ashmolean Museum, 25 May, 7.30, £8/£5
The impressive Randolph Sculpture Gallery in the Ashmolean Museum plays host to this innovative collage of Shakespearean infused songs. This unique concert experience promises to marry the old and the new by combining Shakespeare's beautiful words set to music by Igor Stravinsky and Howard Blake, alongside well known modern songs, performed by Oxford's finest a capella groups the Oxford Gargoyles and Out of the Blue, which reveal the relevance of Shakespearean themes in today's culture. Followed by drinks and tapas in the Ashmolean's beautiful rooftop restaurant.
The Montagues and Capulets
Brasenose Chapel, 21 May, 8.30, FREE
From the theatres on Broadway to the small screen world of Top of the Pops and The Apprentice, the inspiration of Romeo and Juliet has become one of the most successful and beloved in the musical world. In the beautiful surroundings of Brasenose Chapel, this concert offers a celebration of some of these pieces, including works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, selections from Bernstein's jazz-infused West Side Story and pop classics by Dire Straits and Taylor Swift. In association with Christ Church Music Society.
A Shakespearean Evensong
New College Chapel, 22 May, 6.15, FREE
Recently hailed as one of the top 20 choirs in the world by Gramaphone magazine, the choir of New College Oxford, under its musical director Professor Edward Higginbottom, sing a special Shakespeare Festival evensong to include music from Shakespeare's own time by William Byrd and Thomas Weelkes. Set in the wonderful architecture of New College Chapel, it promises to be a very special evening, where you can listen to some of the music that Shakespeare himself would have heard.
University College Chapel, 29 May, 10.30, FREE
A late night concert of Shakespearean choral works among the candles of University College Chapel. A choir selected from Oxford's best singers, conducted by David Todd, will sing a programme including Vaughan Williams' Three Shakespeare Songs and John Tavener's Song for Athene. A part of University College's periodical programme of late-night concerts, the extraordinary atmosphere of the chapel late at night, filled with music, is not an experience to be missed.
A Shakespearean Recital
Queen's College, 26 May, 1.30, FREE
What better way to spend a Saturday lunchtime than in the company of this beautiful collection of Shakespearean songs? This delightful concert features songs by Finzi, Brahms and Quilter set to some of Bard's most beloved texts and sung by a selection of Oxford's most talented singers, exploring the way that Shakespeare's plays have inspired musicians for centuries. In association with the Eglesfield Musical Society, in the Shulman auditorium.