An Italian Easter with The English Concert!

Canadian guest director Bernard Labadie returns to The English Concert this Easter with an Italian- infused programme of sacred works by Pergolesi and Vivaldi. Joined by two renowned Italian baroque specialists – soprano Roberta Invernizzi and mezzo-soprano Sonia Prina – the concerts take place during Holy Week on 15 April at the Sage, Gateshead, 16 April at St. George’s, Bristol, and 17 April at the Wigmore Hall. 

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Listen: The English Concert live at Carnegie Hall!

Last month, Artistic Director Harry Bicket and The English Concert came to Carnegie Hall for the latest installment in our Handel project—the rarely heard oratorio Theodora.

Listen to hear that performance featuring an all-star lineup of soloists: soprano Dorothea Röschmann, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, countertenor David Daniels, tenor Kurt Streit and bass-baritone Neal Davies.

On choral duties is the Choir of Trinity Wall Street led by Julian Wachner.

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THEODORA 'Flawless and Uplifting!'

Considering the flop of his oratorio Theodora in 1750, Handel wryly observed, ‘the Jews will not come to it because it is a Christian story, and the ladies will not come because it is a virtuous one’.

And for 240 years it remained in the shadows, only acquiring its present popularity thanks to Peter Sellars’ inspired Glyndebourne production starring the late great Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in 1996. And as a celebration of religious tolerance and freedom of thought, it does indeed lack the lurid glamour of most Baroque tragedy: the passions which drive it have a glowing inwardness, as does Handel’s music.

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Chief Executive Gijs Elsen wins ABO/Rhinegold Award!

Gijs Elsen, Chief Executive of The English Concert (TEC), has been awarded Orchestra Manager of the Year at the Association of British Orchestras (ABO)/Rhinegold Awards, it was announced Wednesday night by the ABO. 

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'Theodora' Ravishes the Senses!

Theodora (1749), the Handel oratorio indelibly associated with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson’s transcendent performances in the Bay Area, Glyndebourne, and beyond, returned to Northern California on Saturday night. To say that the performance was ravishing, especially in the splendid acoustics of Weill Hall, is to tell but part of the tale.

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