Shakespeare in Love

The English Concert set sail on a Far East tour featuring music inspired by the Bard

The English Concert
Harry Bicket director/harpsichord
Mary Bevan soprano
Tim Mead countertenor

Purcell Suite from the Fairy Queen interspersed with songs and dances by Purcell’s contemporaries
Handel Suite from Giulio Cesare including Presti omai, Cara speme, and Caro, bella

Both Purcell and Handel shared the Restoration theatre’s fascination with Classical history and Elizabethan poets. Such a fascination endures to the present day, and in honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616 The English Concert set sail on a Far East tour featuring music inspired by the Bard. In the guise of an Elizabethan masque, and interspersed with songs by near-contemporaries, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen is a version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, a fashionable new Italian opera by Handel, also features in our tribute. Written for the superstars of the time, an astonishing range of emotional roles are contained within, from seduction, ambition, to madness, betrayal and revenge.

Supported by The British Council and Dream Cruises.


'Shakespeare in Love’ is a musical project jointly created by The English Concert and Intermusica 

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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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Soloist

Hailed by the Telegraph as one of the first-rate young British singers ‘delivering consistently exciting singing’ for her stand out performances on opera and concert platforms, Mary Bevan is a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist award and UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in music.

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Soloist

Counter-tenor Tim Mead is praised for his elegant and warm tone with faultless projection and stylish interpretations.

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Season Highlights
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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

All three are based on the favourite chorale of the time, Veni redemptor gentium (as translated by Luther). Despite the chorale’s medieval origins, BWV 61 shows the influence of the avant-garde French Ouverture. In BWV 62 he turns to Vivaldian concerti for inspiration, while in BWV 36 the ancient tune is knitted into the very genetic heart of the music. In each case the results are joyous in their...

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St John's Smith Square, London

His skilful crafting of the Messa per il Santíssimo Natale, with double choirs and such variety of colour and texture, is enough to leave us searching the archives for even more treasures.The English ConcertChoir of The English ConcertLaurence Cummings director/organCecilia Osmond sopranoRebecca Outram sopranoHelen Charlston altoNick Pritchard tenorMarcus Farnsworth baritoneScarlatti Messa per il...

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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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