New Year with The English Concert

Harry Bicket and The English Concert usher in the New Year with a sparkling programme of baroque bubbles.

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

Purcell Suite from King Arthur
Corelli Concerto Grosso in C 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

Harry Bicket and The English Concert usher in the New Year with a sparkling programme of baroque bubbles. Opening with music from Purcell’s King Arthur, an epic representation of warring Britons and Saxons, we are taken on a wide-ranging tour of 18th Century Europe before returning to London in the company of George Frederic Handel, the grand Saxon himself, now master of all he surveys in London’s musical life.

From a frosty Britain we head for the sunnier climes of Italy, warming ourselves with the skittering string flourishes of Arcangelo Corelli and the red-haired priest Vivaldi before the distinctive musical language of Bach and Telemann draws us back northwards across the Alps to Germany. As we return home to England we catch a glimpse of our adopted son Handel who represents a fusion of European styles. Born in Germany but spending his formative years and early success in Italy, Handel brought with him the very best of Italian music (including the Concerto Grosso) and of Italian musicians, before finally establishing a uniquely English music in his oratorios.

Tickets: £15-£36

Harry Bicket credit Richard Haughton
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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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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