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
Soloists & Players
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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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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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