Rachel Podger

Distinguished violinist and director Rachel Podger leads The English Concert in a feast of suites and concertos by JS Bach and his lifelong friend Telemann.

The English Concert
Rachel Podger director/violin

Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C BWV 1066
Telemann Quintet in F minor TWV 44:32
CPE Bach Symphony in G for strings and continuo WQ182/1
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2 in A minor for violin, strings and continuo (after BWV 1067)
Telemann Concerto for three oboes and three violins in B flat TWV 44:43
Bach Double concerto for violin and oboe in C minor BWV 1060

Distinguished violinist and director Rachel Podger leads The English Concert in a feast of suites and concertos by JS Bach and his lifelong friend Telemann. Adding spice to the banquet, and continuing our family focus from the Buxton Festival, is Bach’s son (and Telemann’s godson) Carl Philipp Emanuel whose extraordinary symphonies were to challenge all the established conventions of the early 18th Century and point a way forward to the classical and romantic world of Beethoven and beyond.

Rachel Podger credit Jonas Sacks
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Internationally renowned baroque violinist Rachel Podger has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of the Baroque and Classical periods

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Season Highlights
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