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‘a performance so stunning it was liable to make even the most jaded of early-music skeptics take note.’ – New York Classical Review (Ariodante, 2017)

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Wed 6th Dec 2017

The English Concert at Kings Place: Biber’s Rosary Sonatas

Otherwise known as the ‘Mystery’ sonatas because of the enigmatic woodcarvings that adorn the manuscripts, Biber’s Rosary Sonatas are the perfect showcase for our principal violinists.

Ahead of The English Concert's first appearance at Kings Place on 6 December 2017, violinist Nadja Zwiener offers her insight into the ferocious virtuosity required to play Biber's music and the intimate sound world he creates with the use of scordatura.

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Handel: Ariodante 'Scherza infida'

"If there is a more supportive Handelian conductor than Bicket, he or she is in hiding. The English Concert played with the vivacity and discipline of a continental ensemble, secured by Joseph Crouch’s expressive and attentive continuo cello, decorated variously with oboes, natural horns and dulcet treble recorders, and perfumed with the heathery tone of a mournful bassoon in Scherza infida" - The Times

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Season Highlights
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Wigmore Hall, London

From Haydn’s first minor key symphony and the intensity of CPE Bach, to Mozart’s imaginative and playful Piano Concerto No. 13, this programme embodies the inventive spirit of the classical masters.

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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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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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Welcome to our 2017-18 Season

Looking back on 10 years with The English Concert, it is fascinating to see how much has changed and how much has stayed the same in the intervening period. The orchestra still plays to a higher and higher level, as exemplified in the Medici broadcast of Ariodante with Joyce DiDonato from Carnegie Hall last season, though there are of course many new faces. In fact over 50% of the orchestra have been appointed since the beginning of my time as Artistic Director, and we continue to fill positions with the best young players from around the world.

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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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In The News

South African keyboard virtuoso Kristian Bezuidenhout joins The English Concert as Principal Guest Director. While we have enjoyed working with leaders in their respective fields ever since our foundation in 1973, from current Artistic Director Harry Bicket, his predecessor Andrew Manze and founder Trevor Pinnock, and indeed with regular guests Rachel Podger and Laurence Cummings, Bezuidenhout becomes...

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