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.

Tickets: £25.20, £21.84, £18.48 (including 12% booking fee)

Supported by Maecenas, Rawlinson & Hunter, Dream Cruises


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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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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