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Abraham and IsaacJudicium SalomonisJonas----------EzechiasBalthazarJephteIan Bostridge/ John Labouchardiere

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It is all too easy to look no further than the glorious works of JS Bach when it comes to German devotional music. But paving the way before the great master put pen to paper was the likes of Tunder and Weckmann, contemporaries and predecessors of Bach's great hero Dietrich Buxtehude. From Tunder comes a depiction of the ancient metropolis of Babylon, but from Weckmann a portrayal of a devastated...

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‘Through it all, Bicket and The English Concert were nothing short of brilliant. Sporting perfectly tight ensemble, spacious and ringing tone, a variety of colors, gleaming strings and clean, forceful brass, they are the model of a period chamber orchestra in every sense. In stark contrast to the common failing of anemic-sounding historical ensembles, it was no trouble at all for them to summon...

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Ferdinando de' Medici (9 August 1663 – 31 October 1713) was the eldest son of Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Marguerite Louise d'Orléans. Ferdinando was heir to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, with the title Grand Prince, from his father's accession in 1670 until his death in 1713. He is remembered today primarily as a patron of music. An excellent musician himself (sometimes called...

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The English ConcertHarry Bicket director/harpsichord/organMusic of the court of Queen Christina of Sweden:Corelli Church Sonatas Op 1, Lonati Sonatas for violin, Gesualdo madrigals, and works by Rossi, Pasquini and Carissimi.

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Through experimental playing techniques, compositional innovation, imitations of nature, and exceedingly virtuosic writing, these composers pushed the boundaries of Italian music to their limit. Disseminated across the great culture capitals through the Amsterdam printing houses, these Italian trail-blazers set the bar for the rest to Europe.

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With just hours to go, the Big Give Christmas challenge goes live on Tuesday 28th November at 12pm. This year we are seeking to raise £35,000 towards 'Remembrance', a visionary new ballet by Wayne Eagling set for performances in Autumn 2018. In collaboration with New English Ballet Theatre, and set to Handel's Ode to St Cecilia's Day, 'Remembrance' is a powerful portrayal of love and loss in wartime...

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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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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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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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