"Harry Bicket was superb, delicately reaching for every nuance and shimmer of this superb music and coaching a delicious performance out of The English Concert, they were on top form and electrified the auditorium from the off".
As one of the great vocal artists of her generation, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote is renowned for her Handelian repertory and the portrayal of roles originally written for castrati. With lots of indication of depth and analysis about this most curious habit of mixing up of gender roles bringing insight into the various ways that playing a man playing a women playing a man etc, can affect and influence the singing of some of the great baroque parts Coote promised much. What we got was very little other than a collection of some superb Handel Arias, mostly sung well.

GScene, 15 May 2015, by Eric Page

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The English Concert returns to the BBC Proms with Alice Coote!
Alice Coote Sings Handel

We are delighted to be returning to the BBC Proms on Thursday 3 September 2015 with Alice Coote!


Thursday 3 September

Royal Albert Hall

For more information, click HERE.

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David Belcher spoke to Harry Bicket about concert performances of opera. Read all about it The New York Times!

Concert Versions Take Opera to a More Personal Level

LONDON — Staging “Aida” without elephants sounds a lot like doing “Hamlet” without Elsinore Castle. Yet opera, even Verdi’s classic about ancient Egypt, doesn’t have to come in a lavish package to resonate with audiences — as a growing number of opera companies and orchestras are finding out.

The full article can be read HERE.

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The beauty of Buxtehude: how music can capture the spirit of Easter!

The tradition of Christian relics, whether it’s St Catherine’s head in Siena, St Anthony of Padua’s tongue or “doubting” Thomas’s finger at Santa Croce in Rome, has been a source of both fascination and repulsion to me: at a time when we should be celebrating the triumph of the spirit over the mortal body, it seems bizarre to cling on to the decayed physical remains of the person whose death we are celebrating.

The full article can be read HERE.

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The English Concert were on impeccable form under Bicket!
"Harry Bicket lashed his English Concert to fury, but paced the entire performance faultlessly." › View

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