The Romeo & Juliet Project

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For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

This week marks the start of The Romeo & Juliet Project – a creative compositional and educational project based on the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s forthcoming concert production of Romeo and Juliet on 1 and 2 November, presented in association with the Bell Shakespeare Company.

The Romeo & Juliet Project will run throughout the month of October, and be led by Berlin-based Australian composer Catherine Milliken, who along with German vocalist Michael Schiefel, and a team of MSO musicians, will work with a diverse group of young artists from the Massive Hip Hop Choir, Huntingtower School and Footscray City College, to develop an original composition which explores the ongoing influence in music, text and theatre of this iconic work of Western culture.

In addition to the musical responses evoked by working from Shakespeare’s text, and Prokofiev’s powerful score, much will rely on the participating artists’ immediate and personal responses to the themes of young love, generational conflict and feuding between families. You can join us on our creative journey over the next four weeks, by following our blog, where we’ll be uploading articles, photos and other interesting posts along the way.

The culmination of this project will be two free public performances in the foyer spaces at Hamer Hall on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November 2012 at 7pm, prior to the MSO’s concert presentation of Romeo and Juliet with Bell Shakespeare in the Hall.

For more information, please phone MSO Education on 9626 1198 or email