The shakespeare heptet
the shakespeare heptet
Blending many influences, The Shakespeare Heptet’s distinct sound is alluring and wholly contemporary - providing a stunning soundtrack to the sonnets. Beautiful vocal harmonies, compelling rhythms and the sounds of 12 and 6 string guitars underscore Shakespeare’s exquisite poetry.
Seventeen years ago, guitarist and vocalist Richard Gibson set out to compose contemporary music for all of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets – and that’s how The Shakespeare Heptet was formed. They play folk sonnets, blues sonnets, punk sonnets, tango sonnets, bossanova sonnets, rock sonnets, calypso sonnets, and more.
The sonnets are not as well known as the plays – partly due to Victorian prudery - yet this treasury of poetry is amongst the most emotionally direct of Shakespeare’s work, exquisitely wrought with both imagery and sharp wit.
The band in its current form, including vocalists Silvana Montoya and Rebecca MacMillan, and Aaron Power on percussion, have played at Madhurst Arts Festival, Oxfest, the Chilled Cider Festival & Live At The Tower of London.
“Beautiful folk-blues music and Shakespeare scholarship on the side. Shake me sideways; this was a good show!” ★★★★ Broadway Baby
“A joy to behold.” ★★★★ The Latest
Duration: 60 mins