Helsinki Festival - Handel's Messiah

The English Concert
Choir of The English Concert
Harry Bicket
director/harpsichord/organ
Julia Doyle soprano
Stephanie Wake-Edwards alto
Hugo Hymas tenor
Roland Wood bass

Perhaps one the greatest cornerstones of classical music, the history of Handel's Messiah isn’t without controversy. For some, recruiting a cathedral choir into his ‘club of fiddlers’ alongside the best operatic voices of the generation, and then staging such a sacred subject in a theatre was beyond the pale. Yet Messiah is no solemn procession following Christ’s crucifixion, but a glorious celebration rich with the same drama that brought Handel so much fame as the master of Italian opera.

Season Highlights
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Wigmore Hall, London

Muffat moves his own chess pieces in his quest to unite the styles of France, Italy and Germany, while Bach offers one of his timeless masterpieces. Christian Curnyn returns to direct the orchestra with much-loved repertoire.The English ConcertChristian Curnyn director/harpsichordNadja Zwiener violinTuomo Suni violinHandel Concerto Grosso in D Op.6, No.5 HWV 323Purcell Suite from Dioclesian Z627Bach...

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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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Wigmore Hall, London

An accomplished musician and avid supporter of the arts, Grand Prince Ferdinand of Tuscany stood as one of the last in the Medici dynasty. He turned Florence into a centre of excellence, attracting the best musicians from far and wide.

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Garsington Opera

This atmospheric choral masterpiece was the composer's first sacred work and one of the most ambitious and extensive to be composed before Bach. Written three years before becoming maestro di cappella at St Mark's in Venice, its brilliant display of style, rich choruses and moving arias showcase Monteverdi's genius as the 'Father of opera.'The English ConcertThe English Cornett & Sackbutt EnsembleGarsington...

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