The BBC have commissioned Matthew to write the UK entry for the European Broadcasting Union’s ‘New Shakespeare Songbook’ which has been created as part of the 400 year Shakespeare birthday celebrations. The piece is entitled ‘Tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow’ and takes the text from Act 5 of Macbeth.
The piece features the vocals of Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne and sounds recorded in the remaining part of the ancient Birnam wood that features in the play.
A film created along side the track together with an interview with Matthew can be viewed now on the BBC.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow…
She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
— To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
— Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28)