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2018 Advance Details

3rd November 2017

The 2018 London Handel Festival takes “Handel in London” as its theme and will explore not only the composer’s broad and varied musical output but also his wider entrepreneurial and philanthropic life in Georgian society. Performances will range from semi-staged opera and grand oratorio to more intimate chamber music concerts.  Please note that artists and programmes may be subject to change.

Highlights include celebratory anniversary performances of two works Handel composed during his 1718 residency at Cannons: Acis and Galatea, in an imaginative staging directed by Martin Parr, with Laurence Cummings conducting the London Handel Orchestra and Pegasus, with soloists to include Lucy Page, Nicholas Pritchard and Edward Grint, at St John's Smith Square on Monday 19 and Wednesday 21 March, and Esther, directed by Adrian Butterfield with soloists Erica Eloff, William Wallace and Josep-Ramon Olive at Wigmore Hall on Thursday 22 March.  

We begin the Festival on Saturday 17 March with our popular 'Come and Sing' event, this time it will be the Foundling Anthem, and we close on Monday 16 April with the rarely heard Occasional Oratorio.

The full calendar of highlight events, mostly held at Handel's parish church - St.George's, Hanover Square (SGHS) is listed below - please note that these are all evening events, and all music is by Handel, unless otherwise stated:

Saturday 17 March  - "Come and Sing" Foundling Anthem, Grosvenor Chapel (daytime and evening)

Monday 19 March - Acis and Galatea (as above), St John's Smith Square

Tuesday 20 March - Handel Singing Competition showcase concert, featuring two winners from 2017: Marcjanna Myrlak and Jungkwon Jang at Fitzrovia Hospital Chapel  

Wednesday 21 March - Acis and Galatea (as above)

Thursday 22 March - Esther (as above), Wigmore Hall

Friday 23 March - Mr Handel's Scholars, a repeat of our successful format from last year, featuring past winners of the Handel Singing Competition with the London Handel Orchestra and Laurence Cummings.  This year we will have a varied programme of arias with Anna Devin, Maria Oustroukhova, Nathan Vale and Derek Welton (SGHS)

Saturday 24 March - Amadigi (concert performance) with Opera Settecento directed by Leo Duarte and soloists Michal Czerniawski, Erica Eloff, Maria Ostroukhova and Ilona Revolskaya (SGHS)

Sunday 25 March - London Handel Players and Julia Doyle - music by Handel (from Nine German Arias) and Pepusch at the Charterhouse

Monday 26 March - Afternoon talk about Handel's financial affairs by Professor Ellen Harris at the Bank of England Museum  

Wednesday 28 March - Handel Singing Competition, Semi-Finals, Grosvenor Chapel

Friday 30 March - St.Matthew Passion, St.George's Hanover Square - our hugely popular annual performance of Bach's masterpiece in a liturgical setting, with Laurence Cummings, London Handel Orchestra and soloists   

Wednesday 4 April - "Handel in Vauxhall", Bridget Cunningham will direct an expert team of soloists, including Greg Tassell and Benjamin Bevan in a programme exploring the music Georgian audiences would have heard at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (SGHS)

Thursday 5 April - "Honour, Profit & Pleasure", film screening of 1985 film about Handel with Simon Callow and Jean Rigby (SGHS)

Friday 6 April - Judgement of Paris (Thomas Arne) and excerpts from Semele, directed by John Andrews, with the Brook Street Band and soloists to include Soraya Mafi, Ed Lyon, Anthony Gregory, Susanna Fairbairn and Gillian Ramm (SGHS)

Saturday 7 April - "A Celebration of Frasi" with Ruby Hughes (past winner of Handel Singing Competition) and Laurence Cummings (SGHS)

Sunday 8 April - Chandos Anthems 1, 2, 4 with London Handel Orchestra, directed by Adrian Butterfield, at St.Lawrence, Little Stanmore

Monday 9 April - "Handel, Health & Hallelujah", talk about healthcare in Georgian England by Charles Bonney at the Royal Society of Medicine   

Tuesday 10 April - Handel Singing Competition, Finals, St.George's, Hanover Square  

Wednesday 11 April - Giulio Cesare (concert performance), Early Opera Company directed by Christian Curnyn at St.John's, Smith Square, with soloists Tim Mead, Anna Devin, Hilary Summers, Callum Thorpe, Rupert Enticknap and James Hall

Thursday 12 April & Saturday 14 April - Teseo (concert performance), David Bates and La Nuova Musica with soloists from Royal Academy Opera (separate casts for each date)

Friday 13 April - Dettingen Te Deum, South Bank Sinfonia & Vox Musica, directed by Adrian Butterfield and Michael Berman (SGHS)

Monday 16 April - Occasional Oratorio (as above), St.George's, Hanover Square






2018 Advance Details 2018 Advance Details 3 Nov 2017

The 2018 London Handel Festival takes “Handel in London” as its theme and will explore not only the composer’s broad and varied musical output but also his wider entrepreneurial and philanthropic life in Georgian society. Performances...

London Handel Festival

London Handel Society
PO Box 79,
TA19 9WP


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