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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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The English Concert have thrilled audiences across the world ever since our foundation in 1973. In four and a half decades we have been proud to field an ever-evolving, but close-knit, ensemble formed of the best international talent.

On the eve of our 45th Anniversary Season which begins at Queen Elizabeth Hall on 11th October under principal guest director Kristian Bezuidenhout, we are delighted to announce the release of our latest recording featuring many of our principal musicians as soloists.

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Garsington Opera and The English Concert

On the eve of its 45th Anniversary Season, The English Concert are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Garsington Opera.

Beginning in 2020, The English Concert will perform in one or two productions each season for an initial 5 year term.

The new partnership with The English Concert will be launched in July 2019 with a concert performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, conducted by Laurence Cummings with Garsington Opera’s principal singers and the Garsington Opera Chorus.

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Season Highlights
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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

In anticipation of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s latest play Emilia, being performed at Shakespeare’s Globe this summer, we delve into the world of Emilia Bassano, the supposed ‘Dark Lady’ of the Sonnets and muse to one William Shakespeare. The candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse sets the scene for one of England’s first feminist writers, pairing her poetry with the music of her contemporaries, friends...

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Wigmore Hall, London

Composers have long been inspired by each other’s work, whether in style, melody, rhythm, and even whole movements or works. We take a leaf from the past in creating something new and explore the arrangements of Haydn and Mozart through the centuries.The English ConcertHarry Bicket director/fortepianoMozart Fantasia in F minor (after K608 for mechanical clock) arr. BicketHaydn Symphony No.104 in...

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Peacock Theatre

In commemoration of the armistice, Wayne Eagling’s latest ballet (set to Handel’s masterpiece) is based on the life of Dame Marie Rambert during the Great War. A hugely influential figure on the British and international ballet scene, we follow her whirlwind romance with Ashley Dukes and her anguish at their separation as he is called back to the horrors of the battlefield.The English ConcertNew...

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Barbican, London

Uniting some of Handel’s greatest music with all-star casts, directed by Artistic Director Harry Bicket and with our virtuosic orchestra in full flight, it is an unmissable event. With Ariodante and Rinaldo in most recent seasons, now comes the turn of Semele; a tale of adultery and revenge amongst Gods.The English ConcertHarry Bicket director/harpsichordBrenda Rae SemeleElizabeth...

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About

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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About

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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The English Concert have thrilled audiences across the world ever since our foundation in 1973. In four and a half decades we have been proud to field an ever-evolving, but close-knit, ensemble formed of the best international talent. On the eve of our 45th Anniversary Season which begins at Queen Elizabeth Hall on 11th October under principal guest director Kristian Bezuidenhout, we are delighted...

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