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The English Concert with Artistic Director Harry Bicket and distinguished guest artists continues to perform Baroque and Classical music with the passion, sophistication and technical mastery established at its creation.

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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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Harry Bicket is internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, appointed Artistic Director of The English Concert in 2007

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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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“each instrumentalist played as though personally responsible for the entire show, wringing out every ounce of drama: at one point during Act II, the cellos unleashed such a torrent of fury that they threatened to upstage the cast." – Financial Times

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Education Programmes

Excellence and inspiration; two ideas that we have held dear since our foundation in 1973. The same is true of our educational work; to inspire the audiences of the future, and to help aspiring young performers achieve their potential.

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Education & Training

Explorers, journalists, and forensic investigators. These are just some of the roles school children take on when our flagship education project Crazy Composers comes to town.

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Education & Training

Aspiring baroque directors are put through their paces with intensive coaching on vocal and instrumental music...

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Education & Training

In association with The Juilliard School in New York, exceptional graduates recieve coaching and masterclasses...

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Welcome to the 2017/18 season with The English Concert; a season in which we celebrate Harry Bicket’s 10th anniversary as Artistic Director. The orchestra has made great strides in the Harry Bicket decade. Not only has Harry pushed the level of musicianship and performance to higher levels, we have also expanded our repertoire and greatly increased our visibility and profile, both nationally and...

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Fresh from our month-long tour of the USA and Europe, reviews of Ariodante - our latest installment in our series of Handel operas-in-concert for New York's Carnegie Hall - have been flooding in. Following Radamisto, Theodora, Alcina, Hercules and Orlando in previous years, the prospects of Ariodante and the all-star cast of Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote, Sonia Prina, Christiane Karg, Mary Bevan, David...

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We are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of our recent recording of Purcell, Locke and their contemporaries with Sarah Connolly and Rosemary Joshua.Appearing under the Wigmore Hall's own label 'Wigmore Hall Live', the release is a recording of our 2015 concert entitled 'Music be the food of love'.CDs go on pre-release sale at our next Wigmore Hall performance on Wednesday 7 June; an exploration...

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"An utterly heavenly Orlando. When these five wonderful voices combined for the final chorus, I thought I had gone to heaven..."

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