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To see more of our work please visit our YouTube channel to discover more about the musicians we work with, see events and interviews as well as behind the scenes footage.

"…music-making of great refinement from the English Concert under Laurence Cummings." – The Times

Kristian Bezuidenhout: Principal Guest Director

The 2017-2018 season marks the start of a wonderful partnership as Kristian Bezuidenhout becomes The English Concert's Principal Guest Director. Catch a glimpse of the orchestra in action and hear from Kristian as we set out on our journey together.

'I’ve had the great pleasure of working with these superb musicians many times, and I am always struck not just by the extreme classiness of the playing, but more importantly, by the focus, joy, and unbridled energy which these cherished colleagues bring to any repertoire they play.' - Kristian Bezuidenhout

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Interviews

Get the inside track and watch interviews with our musicians, collaborators and international soloists here. Find out what they think about working with The English Concert, performing within the world of historical performance, whether this is even a suitable term for the current musical scene, and what they think about the music we perform together.

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The 2017-2018 season marks the start of a wonderful partnership as Kristian Bezuidenhout becomes The English Concert's Principal Guest Director. Catch a glimpse of the orchestra in action and hear from Kristian as we set out on our journey together. 'I’ve had the great pleasure of working with these superb musicians many times, and I am always struck not just by the extreme classiness of the playing,...

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Harry Bicket discusses the development of period instrument performance during the past several decades.

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The English Concert's Principal Guest Director Kristian Bezuidenhout gives his thoughts on the role of the keyboard in the classical symphony.

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In the video below we discuss a direction towards Opera, particularly those of Handel, with interviews from Artistic Director Harry Bicket and soloists during their latest production.

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Bicket reveals his belief that attitudes towards the practice should be revised, allowing ensembles like The English Concert to be judged directly against orchestras that perform on modern instruments.

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Catch a glimpse of The English Concert and mezzo-soprano superstar Joyce DiDonato during the Madrid leg of their 2014 tour of Handel's 'Alcina'.

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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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ARIODANTE HIGHLIGHTS
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"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...

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Following her stunning appearance in Alcina in 2014, the latest instalment in our Handel opera series sees the return of Joyce DiDonato in the title role. Marking 500 years since the publication of Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, a tale of knights and entangled love, Ariodante stands as Handel’s final opera on the subject after Alcina and Orlando.

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‘[DiDonato] allowed herself for a bar or two to drop to a pianissimo in a shattering instant of vulnerability. Bicket and the ensemble were right with her, their sound suddenly as delicate as lace under her whispered phrases.’ – New York Classical Review

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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 Portillo, Matthew Brook, Tyson Miller and Bradley Smith were enough to send tickets flying out of the door. Catch a glimpse of the highlights, recorded live from Carnegie Hall.

Tamerlano Highlights

Returning to the Buxton Festival for a second residency, the orchestra opened their 2016/17 with a fully-staged production of Handel's pschological thriller Tamerlano. Captured by his mortal enemy Tamerlano, Bajazet and his daughter Asteria are imprisoned. Facing forced marrage and dishonour, Bajazet and Asteria are brought to the brink of destruction.

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Betrayal, deceit and intrigue have finally taken their toll as Bajazet (Paul Nilon) lies dead, mourned by his daughter Asteria (Marie Lys) and her beloved Andronico (Owen Willetts), while Tamerlano (Rupert Enticknap) and Irene (Catherine Hopper) look on.

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The tyrannical emperor Tamerlano (Rupert Enticknap) confronts his prisoners Asteria (Marie Lys) and Bajazet (Paul Nilon).

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Having learned that her beloved Andronico is betrothed to Irene, and that she must instead marry her captor Tamerlano, Asteria (Marie Lys) sings of her despair."Musical values are equally high in Francis Matthews’s production of Handel’s Tamerlano. As Laurence Cummings and the English Concert dance, lilt and languish in the pit, the cast throw off Handel’s vocal fireworks with an ease that borders...

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Asteria (Marie Lys) comes to terms with having to marry her captor (the tyrannical emperor Tamerlano)."…music-making of great refinement from the English Concert under Laurence Cummings." – The Times"In the pit, Laurence Cummings and the English Concert brought style and drama to the music. Handel did not write for a lavish orchestra, but Cummings and the ensemble made the details of the scoring...

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Defeated and imprisoned, Bajazet (Paul Nilon) fiercely resists captivity under the tyrannical emperor Tamerlano."…music-making of great refinement from the English Concert under Laurence Cummings." – The Times"This was the first in a planned series of co-productions between the Buxton Festival and The English Concert. It will prove an astute move if the orchestra continues to sustain anything...

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Asteria (Marie Lys) and Andronico (Owen Willetts) tenderly sing of their love under the tyrannical persecution of emperor Tamerlano."…music-making of great refinement from the English Concert under Laurence Cummings." – The Times"This was the first in a planned series of co-productions between the Buxton Festival and The English Concert. It will prove an astute move if the orchestra continues...

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Recordings: Behind the scenes
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Alison Balsom takes us back to Baroque London and its vibrant musical culture with suites and arias composed by the two local geniuses of their age for the royal chapel, the concert hall and theatre.

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Ian Bostridge discusses his recording of 'Three Baroque Tenors' featuring six world premiere recordings of arias by Caldara, Conti, Gasparini, Handel, Scarlatti and Vivaldi.

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David Daniels discusses his recording of Bach Sacred Arias & Cantatas.

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What goes into a recording? Well, it is a lot more complicated than deciding what music we love the most and rigging-up some microphones to record it. Go behind-the-scenes of some of our recent recording sessions and find out through this set of clips and interviews with soloists and musicians.

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The English Concert's Principal Guest Director Kristian Bezuidenhout gives his thoughts on the role of the keyboard in the classical symphony.

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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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Asteria (Marie Lys) and Andronico (Owen Willetts) tenderly sing of their love under the tyrannical persecution of emperor Tamerlano."…music-making of great refinement from the English Concert under Laurence Cummings." – The Times"This was the first in a planned series of co-productions between the Buxton Festival and The English Concert. It will prove an astute move if the orchestra continues...

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The 2017-2018 season marks the start of a wonderful partnership as Kristian Bezuidenhout becomes The English Concert's Principal Guest Director. Catch a glimpse of the orchestra in action and hear from Kristian as we set out on our journey together. 'I’ve had the great pleasure of working with these superb musicians many times, and I am always struck not just by the extreme classiness of the playing,...

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