The album, 'When Love Speaks', sees rockers rubbing shoulders with the luvvies...

Rufus Wainwright, ANNIE LENNOX, BRYAN FERRY and DES’REE are amongst the artists to feature on a forthcoming new album which sees SHAKESPEARE’s sonnets set to music.

‘When Love Speaks’ sees over 40 of the Sonnets interspersed with eight musical tracks set to Shakespeare’s verse. The role-call of performers reading the works includes Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Kenneth Branagh, John Hurt, Diana Rigg, the late Sir John Gielgud and Richard Briers.

The record, due for release on February 4, was launched today (January 17) at RADA in London’s Piccadilly by Lord Attenborough and the man behind the project, leading contemporary composer Michael Kamen. Kamen put the album together with actor Alan Rickman. Profits from the sale will go to RADA.

A live concert to showcase the album will take place at The Old Vic in London on February 10. The ‘luvvie-fest’ will be hosted by Attenborough and Rickman and will see Des’Ree and Eurythmics perform.