Welcome to our 2018-19 season

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.

Harry Bicket
Artistic Director

Find out what's in store this season below:


Season Highlights
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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

In anticipation of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s latest play Emilia, being performed at Shakespeare’s Globe this summer, we delve into the world of Emilia Bassano, the supposed ‘Dark Lady’ of the Sonnets and muse to one William Shakespeare. The candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse sets the scene for one of England’s first feminist writers, pairing her poetry with the music of her contemporaries, friends...

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Wigmore Hall, London

Composers have long been inspired by each other’s work, whether in style, melody, rhythm, and even whole movements or works. We take a leaf from the past in creating something new and explore the arrangements of Haydn and Mozart through the centuries.The English ConcertHarry Bicket director/fortepianoMozart Fantasia in F minor (after K608 for mechanical clock) arr. BicketHaydn Symphony No.104 in...

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Peacock Theatre

In commemoration of the armistice, Wayne Eagling’s latest ballet (set to Handel’s masterpiece) is based on the life of Dame Marie Rambert during the Great War. A hugely influential figure on the British and international ballet scene, we follow her whirlwind romance with Ashley Dukes and her anguish at their separation as he is called back to the horrors of the battlefield.The English ConcertNew...

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Barbican, London

Uniting some of Handel’s greatest music with all-star casts, directed by Artistic Director Harry Bicket and with our virtuosic orchestra in full flight, it is an unmissable event. With Ariodante and Rinaldo in most recent seasons, now comes the turn of Semele; a tale of adultery and revenge amongst Gods.The English ConcertHarry Bicket director/harpsichordBrenda Rae SemeleElizabeth...

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