A generous-minded leader; a superb military strategist; or an opportunistic villain: all these interpretations – and more – may be brought to bear on Richard III, one of the most controversial monarchs in history.
The English Music Festival has recently commissioned four new works from some of the UK’s foremost composers which use as their inspiration the life and historical perspectives of Richard III. We plan to produce a DVD of performances of these works, featuring the acclaimed violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck and the reciter Em Marshall-Luck, which will be shot in the Church of St Mary and St Alkeda in Middleham – the church at which Richard III himself worshipped during his periods of residence at Middleham Castle. The film will also incorporate extended materials, including interviews with the composers and footage of the church and town with its Richard III associations.
The composers – Paul Carr, Paul Lewis, Richard Pantcheff, Francis Pott and Lionel Sainsbury – each approach the subject of their works in very different ways and bring different interpretations to bear on this historical figure, who continues to intrigue today. The projected DVD will be a fascinating survey of these interpretations and will add a new dimension to contemporary views of Richard III.
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