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Nonclassical Presents: “Handel the Innovator”

Nonclassical Presents: “Handel the Innovator”


“…conducive to optimism about the future of classical music” The Times


‘Experimental’ is not a word one would typically use to describe George Frideric Handel these days, and yet in his life the composer was quite the trailblazer.

Handel was also without doubt the greatest songwriter of his day and if he were alive now he would be writing melodies and tunes for all the greatest artists. Inspired by the innovative spirit of Handel, Nonclassical and the London Handel Festival collaborate for the first time to present a curated evening of adventurous and experimental approaches to songwriting in the 21st century from artists creating boundary-defying work.

Bewildering, absurd and at times amusing, Jennifer Walshe is a celebrated composer and performer whose music is deeply rooted in the physical, theatrical and visual. As she puts it – “the ear, the eye and the brain are expected to be active and engaged.” Jennifer is joined by performer-composer Newton Armstrong in a brand new collaboration, combining their unique and experimental approaches to explore what it means to be a songwriter in the 21st-century.

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer Laila Sakini’s textural approach to music builds dark and evocative soundscapes from found sound, flickering electronics and hazy vocals. Her unique practice has been heralded by The Wire Magazine as “An enigma with a purpose”. Described as “A hypnotic listen that takes you closer to the earth” (Gramophone Magazine), composer and electronic musician Jasmine Morris’ music is deeply original, bringing together new technology with sounds from the ancient world. Jasmine is joined by vocalist Mieko Shimizu for an arresting set of original music featuring music from her debut release Astrophilia (Nonclassical Records, 2022).

The night is bookended by DJ sets from Nonclassical’s founder and Artistic Director Gabriel Prokofiev, featuring a curated selection of glitchy beats and classical remixes.

Join us for a night in one of London’s most iconic clubs and hear for yourself how Handel’s music continues to inspire musicians today.


Jennifer Walshe + Newton Armstrong, Laila Sakini, Jasmine Morris + Mieko Shimizu, Gabriel Prokofiev (DJ set)


Tickets: £20 / £10 students (tickets include a drink at the bar)


Booking Dates

Monday 21 November: tickets on sale to Major Donors and Director’s Circle
Wednesday 23 November: tickets on sale to Gold Patrons
Friday 25 November: tickets on sale to Patron’s Circle
Monday 28 November: tickets on sale to Festival Benefactors
Wednesday 30th November: tickets on sale to Associate Benefactors
Friday 2 December: tickets on sale to Friends
Monday 5 December: tickets on sale to General public

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