Illustrated talk about renowned writers

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A talk is taking place to celebrate the 400th anniversaries of authors William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes.

The writers died within 10 days of each other and in April 2016 there will be celebrations in both England and Spain to mark the milestone.

Raymond Calcraft, former head of Spanish at the University of Portsmouth, will give an illustrated talk in St John’s Hall, St John’s Cathedral on Thursday, February 25.

The talk is free and starts at 7pm.

Words and Music will discuss aspects of Shakespeare’s and Cervantes’s writings in the light of settings of their words by two twentieth-century composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Joaquín Rodrigo.

It will show how poetry can be enhanced and even given additional meaning when set to remarkable music.

As well as lecturing at several universities in this country and abroad, Mr Calcraft was the first director of the 
Portsmouth Festival and founder-conductor of the festival choir.