Handel's Theodora

After celebrating sensational success with Radamisto in 2013, The English Concert continued its Handel cycle with the English Oratorio Theodora in the 2013/14 season.

An extensive international tour took this work to Los Angeles San Francisco and Carnegie Hall New York, before returning to Europe with concerts in Birmingham, London and finally Paris. A world-class cast of soloists and a first collaboration with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street will surely make this an event not to be missed.


The English Concert
Harry Bicket director/harpsichord
Rosemary Joshua Theodora
Sarah Connolly Irene
Kurt Streit Septimius
Tim Mead Didymus
Neal Davies Valens
Steven Caldicott Wilson* The Messenger

Choir of Trinity Wall Street
*choir member

Broadcast live on WQXR, you can listen to our entire performance at New York's Carnegie Hall below, complete with an interview from our Artistic Director Harry Bicket:

What the critics had to say:

"Harry Bicket ... whipped his musicians into wonderful finesse and a springing attack that never weakened during the long night." - The Times

"Harry Bicket led The English Concert on a tour de force that saw every alteration in tempo embraced to perfection." - Music OMH

"It would be difficult to imagine an orchestra more involved than the English Concert. The technical excellence was almost unbelievable, but it was the pureness of utterance that impressed the most as if this was simply how the score had to be. There was a rightness to every single aria, every chorus. The hours – and there were several – sped by." - Seen-and-Heard International

"This was a high-quality performance on all counts. Bicket is not just a brisk, non-interventionist Baroque conductor. He searched out colour and expression in the inner parts, drawing a wealth of rich playing from the English Concert." – Financial Times

Theodora: 'Flawless and Uplifting' - The Independent

"Impressively captured in Harry Bicket's judiciously paced performance ... The players of the English Concert distinguished themselves." - Evening Standard

"This Theodora, with Harry Bicket directing The English Concert from the keyboard, was ardent, stylish and eloquently performed." - Birmingham Post

"You certainly couldn’t have asked for a more inspired performance than the one given on Sunday, with Harry Bicket conducting the spirited English Concert" - New York Times

"George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Theodora" received a revelatory performance from conductor Harry Bicket, the English Concert, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and a top-flight cast." - Wall Street Journal

"The English Concert's ravishing Handel" - San Francisco Chronicle

"Theodora Ravishes the Senses!" - San Francisco Classical Voice