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.