Gavin Friday will narrate “Nothing Like the Sun’, a series of Shakespeare Sonnets set to music by the English composer Gavin Bryars at the Adelade Festival in Australia on March 4th. It will be the first time ‘Nothing Like the Sun’ has been performed since 2009 when the two Gavins toured the UK with the piece.…

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Gavin Friday will be joining the Gavin Bryars Ensemble for a performance of Nothing Like the Sun (The Shakespeare Sonnets) at Lancaster University (UK) at 7.30pm on November 26, 2009. Gavin Bryars, beautiful through-composed score weaves together eight of Shakespeare’s sonnets on the subjects of time, memory and music. It features five sonnet settings by…

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Gavin Friday will be joining the Gavin Bryars Ensemble this summer for two more performances of the Sonnet Project in Leeds and in London. Gavin Bryars’ through-composed score, ‘Nothing Like the Sun’, weaves together eight of Shakespeare’s sonnets on the subjects of time, memory and music. The project also features five sonnet settings by guest…

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Gavin Friday talks about Disney songs, Shakespeare sonnets, Ferrara films, liking art and reading books. “Well, Suzanne Vega did a really sexy slow orchestral version of Cruella de Ville,” says Gavin Friday as he tries to remember the night before. “Lou Reed did ‘Zippidy Doo Da’. Steve Buscemi sang ‘High Ho, High Ho It’s Off…

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Gavin Friday will rejoin Gavin Bryars and Opera North to perform Shakespeare’s sonnets and Bryars’ original composition ‘Nothing like the sun’ in Belgium. The show is booked for December 12 and December 13 at the Handelsbeurs in Ghent. Tickets (22/19 €) are available from the Handelsbeurs website.

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Alfred Hickling reviews Nothing Like The Sun for The Guardian: “But the most charismatic moment occurs when Friday stalks on in gold jewellery and inch-high brothel-creepers to intone Sonnet 40 like a diabolical lounge entertainer.” Lynne Walker for The Independent: “The most extraordinary setting, however, is Gavin Friday’s take on No 40, which he intones…

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Thirteen sonnets scarcely represent Shakespeare’s 154 poems in a Complete Works season but Nothing Like the Sun is at least a nod in the right direction. Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company invited Gavin Bryars to curate an evening of musical settings, the centrepiece of which is his own sequence of eight sonnets for…

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From the Telegraph.co.uk an article on Nothing like the Sun, which finally reveals more detailed information on what we can expect on stage: “This weekend, the RSC’s Complete Works of Shakespeare will present the first performances of a unique programme of new settings entitled Nothing like the Sun, co-commissioned and produced with Opera North. Six…

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Gavin Friday will be touring with Gavin Bryars and the Royal Shakespeare Company to perform ‘Nothing Like The Sun – The Sonnets’. Four dates have been added to the original two Stratford-upon-Avon performances of Shakespeare’s sonnets. In the first half of the concerts, individual sonnets are set to music by guest composers, including Gavin, Liz…

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