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

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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St John's Smith Square, London

The stormy intensity of Symphony No.40, the warmly lyrical final piano concerto, the heartbreakingly beautiful Andante for flute, and the baroque extravagance of the Adagio & Fugue for strings that betrays an obsession with Bach and Handel: with Kristian Bezuidenhout directing from the keyboard, this is Mozart at his most colourful and dramatic.The English ConcertKristian Bezuidenhout director/harpsichordLisa...

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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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