Welcome to The English Concert’s 2018/2019 season. This year we offer a wide range of both repertoire, directors and venues which in turn reflect the many facets of music-making in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Music of the Elizabethan Court is perfectly suited to the candlelit intimacy of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe, the Christmas programme of Scarlatti, Gabrieli and Bach conducted by Laurence Cummings finds a natural visual and acoustic partner in the splendour of St John’s, Smith Square, and the arrangements of Mozart and Haydn made for the burgeoning market of house concerts finds a perfect home in our own London “home”, Wigmore Hall.
Kristian Bezuidenhout takes the orchestra to both the QEH and St John’s Smith Square, and we welcome back Christian Curnyn for a typically fascinating and eclectic programme at Wigmore Hall.
Further afield the orchestra are in residence again at the Buxton International Festival, we return to Saffron Walden and make our annual global Handel pilgrimage to seven venues around the world with Semele, with a final performance at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Following on the success of Tom Morris’ staging of Messiah, we continue to explore interesting and thought-provoking collaborations with theatre directors and choreographers. This year I am particularly looking forward to our performances of Remembrance with New English Ballet Theatre and Wayne Eagling.
As always, none of this programming would be possible without the extraordinary generosity of our English and American Boards, our patrons, our loyal audience and the limitless talent of the players that make up The English Concert.
We look forward to welcoming you to our concerts.
Find out what's in store this season below: