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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

English Concert announces 2017/18 season

11:22, 25th July 2017

The English Concert’s 2017/18 season will see the ensemble celebrate ten years with Harry Bicket as music director.

The ensemble will continue its series of concert performances of Handel operas, presenting Rinaldo in New York, Seville, Madrid and London. Iestyn Davies will sing the title role, and the cast will also include Jane Archibald, Joélle Harvey and Luca Pisaroni.

Kristian Bezuidenhout has been announced as the English Concert’s new principal guest director, and will explore classical keyboard works and chamber music with the ensemble. He will open the season with repertoire by Haydn, Mozart and CPE Bach, and will also present a programme of Handel, Telemann and Bach.

The English Concert will be joined by Lucy Crowe, Anna Harvey, Nick Pritchard and Ashley Riches for a performance of Bach’s B minor Mass. Crowe will also join the ensemble for an all-Mozart programme, to be performed in London and Taunton, in which leader Nadja Zwiener will perform the composer’s violin concerto.

The orchestra will make its Kings Place debut in December, presenting repertoire by Corelli, Matteis, Biber and Purcell, with Nadja Zwiener, Tuomo Suni, Emilia Benjamin and Tom Foster appearing as soloists.


Other highlights include the revival of Tom Morris’s staging of Handel’s Messiah; a programme of Blow, Purcell and Handel with the Choir of New College, Oxford with Robert Quinney; Buxtehude with soprano Dorothee Mields and gambist Jonathan Manson; and a ‘European Grand Tour’ concert taking in repertoire by Rameau, Tartini, Zelenka and Arne.


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