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.

In that same period, Garsington Opera (who celebrate their 30th Anniversary Season in 2019) will also extend their relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra, increasing their commitment to two or three productions annually from 2020 on the same basis.

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.

Douglas Boyd, Artistic Director of Garsington Opera said:

“Throughout Garsington Opera’s first 30 years we have been committed to raising the bar for quality in all that we do, both on and off the stage. I am delighted that, as we enter the next 30 years of our Festival, we will have two of the best orchestras of the world playing in our opera house at Wormsley. We offer a warm welcome to all our colleagues at The English Concert as they join the Philharmonia as part of the Garsington family and we look forward to making music together at the very highest standard”.

Harry Bicket, Artistic Director of The English Concert said:

“The English Concert is honoured and delighted to become part of Garsington Opera’s annual season. The energy and commitment shown by Garsington in their mission to strive for excellence exactly mirrors the ethos of The English Concert and we look forward to developing a strong artistic partnership with them over the coming years.”