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‘The Concert’s Handel performance – minimally staged – have been among the best classical music experiences over the past several years, and so one entered the hall Sunday afternoon with a sense of anticipation. What the performers delivered vastly exceeded that.’ – New York Classical Review

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‘Just about the most spectacular opera event of the season’ – Broadway World

Just over a month on from our latest Handel blockbuster, and we're still trying to catch our breath, such has been the critical acclaim that greeted us upon our return to the UK. Since 2013 our annual operatic foray reveals masterpiece after masterpiece in Handel's vast output, all-star casts (and voices of the future). But more than this, the orchestra prove their pedigree time and time again. This...

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Kristian Bezuidenhout: Principal Guest Director

The 2017-2018 season marks the start of a wonderful partnership as Kristian Bezuidenhout becomes The English Concert's Principal Guest Director. Catch a glimpse of the orchestra in action and hear from Kristian as we set out on our journey together.

'I’ve had the great pleasure of working with these superb musicians many times, and I am always struck not just by the extreme classiness of the playing, but more importantly, by the focus, joy, and unbridled energy which these cherished colleagues bring to any repertoire they play.' - Kristian Bezuidenhout

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Season Highlights
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Barbican, London

Following the successes of Radamisto, Theodora, Alcina, Hercules and Orlando, The English Concert continues their Handel opera-in-concert series with Rinaldo.

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Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

‘…refreshingly direct and impactful, with The English Concert, nestled either side of the stage, and its director Harry Bicket lending classy baroque accompaniment. Morris cleverly uses the 18th‐century auditorium’s intimacy and dry acoustic to draw us in; I felt an active part of the events unfolding in front, above and around me. Perhaps the cheers and whoops at the end suggested others...

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Kings Place, London

The English Concert return for their second performance this season at Kings Place in the company of their new Principal Guest Director Kristian Bezuidenhout.

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Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden

Quick on the heels of our Shakespeare celebration in East Asia last season, we return with a summer tour of South Korea with the one of the world’s greatest countertenors Andreas Scholl, featuring celebratory music from two of England’s finest exports, Purcell and Handel.

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We love music of the baroque and classical periods, and we believe that through our performances on original instruments, with styles of playing and singing appropriate to a composer or period, we can get to the essential core of the music. With our international group of close-knit musicians, many of whom are soloists in their own right, anything is possible.

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Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Born in South Africa in 1979, his studies have taken him around the world to Australia and North America, before settling in London. Gaining international recognition at the age of 21, winning first prize in the prestigious Bruges Fortepiano competition,...

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While The English Concert has delighted audiences around the world for over 40 years, with no public funding, the survival of the orchestra is dependent upon the generous donations of its supporters. We would invite all those that follow the orchestra to join our dedicated family of donors who maintain the orchestra through a variety of established and tailored levels of support.

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Just over a month on from our latest Handel blockbuster, and we're still trying to catch our breath, such has been the critical acclaim that greeted us upon our return to the UK. Since 2013 our annual operatic foray reveals masterpiece after masterpiece in Handel's vast output, all-star casts (and voices of the future). But more than this, the orchestra prove their pedigree time and time again. This...

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