Baroque Masters at Malvern Theatres

In an age of instant information and communication it is all too easy to imagine that the musical centres of Europe in the 17th and 18th Centuries were isolated pockets of creativity.

The English Concert
Harry Bicket director/harpsichord
Alfonso Leal del Ojo viola

Purcell Suite from King Arthur
Corelli Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 10
Telemann Viola Concerto in G TWV 51:G9
Vivaldi Concerto for strings in G minor RV 157
Handel Concerto Grosso in G minor Op. 6, No. 6
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D BWV 1068

In an age of instant information and communication it is all too easy to imagine that the musical centres of Europe in the 17th and 18th Centuries were isolated pockets of creativity. Yet entirely the opposite was true. Purcell knew very well that his quintessentially English style incorporated significant aspects from French music, where the now restored Charles II had been in exile. Bach and Telemann, meanwhile, sought to infuse aspects of Italian and French styles together with a German attention to harmony and counterpoint. Elsewhere, the music of Corelli and Vivaldi was lapped up by the bustling printing houses of Amsterdam while the amateur musicians of England happily devoured pirate copies to keep up to date. Whilst adopted by the English and turning his attention to the new form of English-language oratorio, Handel’s music similarly betrays his upbringing in Germany and early success in Italy. But from this fusion of ideas and styles comes the greatest music Europe had ever heard. The spark to create something new sets these musical giants apart as Baroque Masters.

Alfonso Leal del Ojo (viola)
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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Soloists & Players
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About

Harry Bicket is internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, appointed Artistic Director of The English Concert in 2007

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Our Musicians

Alfonso Leal del Ojo grew up and received his initial training in Seville. In 1998 he moved to London where he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music where he specialized in period instrument performance.He has been principal viola of The English Concert since 2006 and tours extensively with them throughout Europe, East Asia and North America. In addition to his work...

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