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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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The English Concert (TEC) has been a world leader amongst period instrument orchestras since the 1970s. It has a strong presence in the UK, with a range of performances in London and across the UK, tours worldwide and especially in the USA where it is supported by a thriving American charity, The English Concert in America, Inc. and has an ongoing Carnegie Hall partnership.

In recent years TEC’s work has expanded, now spanning opera, classical and baroque performance, collaboration with other art forms, education and recordings. TEC has just announced a 5 year partnership with Garsington Opera.

It is fortunate in having many of Europe’s finest...

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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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Latest News
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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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Gijs Elsen, has announced his intention to leave his position as Chief Executive of The English Concert by 1st January 2019. Since Gijs joined in 2011, the orchestra has seen a period of unprecedented growth both artistically and commercially. Elsen and Artistic Director Harry Bicket built a series of ground breaking, high-profile cross-artform collaborations and a flagship annual Handel opera tour...

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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...

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Ahead of our 2018-2019 season we are delighted to announce our return to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe this summer on 8th July. In recent years we've been involved in a number of projects at the Globe, from retracing Charles Burney's footsteps through the musical landscape of the 17th and 18th centuries with tenor Mark Padmore, to Samuel Adamson's play Gabriel with trumpeter Alison...

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