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Occasional Oratorio HWV 62

16th April 2018

Monday 16 April, 7pm

ST GEORGE’S, Hanover Square

Occasional Oratorio HWV 62

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FFLUR WYN soprano
GALINA AVERINA soprano
ALEXANDER SPRAGUE tenor
LISANDRO ABADIE bass

LAURENCE CUMMINGS conductor
ADRIAN BUTTERFIELD leader
LONDON HANDEL ORCHESTRA
LONDON HANDEL SINGERS


Handel wrote his Occasional Oratorio rather hastily in early 1746 in response to the Jacobite rebellion in 1745; it was felt at the time that London’s audiences needed a major musical work to boost their morale. The oratorio is based on a libretto by Newburgh Hamilton, after the poetry of John Milton and Edmund Spenser, which exhorts the nation to rise up against its foes and trust in Jehovah. Handel borrowed heavily from earlier compositions, including Israel in Egypt and Athalia, and the work climaxes with music based on his popular Zadok the Priest.

Festival audiences will be delighted by the usual heady mixture of rousing choruses, stirring arias and first-rate orchestral writing of this rarely performed oratorio. Our talented team of internationally acclaimed soloists is made up entirely of past finalists in the Handel Singing Competition.

TICKETS: £55, £45, £40, £15, £12 reserved seating
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A pre-performance talk by Ruth Smith: ‘Handel and the Hanoverians’ (free admission with concert ticket) from 6 – 6.30pm

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