- London Handel Festival

2021 Autumn Festival

Autumn Festival

We are delighted to bring you live music again this autumn!  We are pleased to share with you details of our special autumn ‘mini’ Festival which has as its theme: “Handel and the Grand Tour” exploring the composer’s early years in Italy and Germany and how they continued to influence his later work.

We begin with Handel’s early cantata Apollo e Dafne with Morgan Pearse and Jessica Cale (2020 international Handel Singing Competition Finalists) on 29 September.

International Handel Singing Competition will host the semi-finals at St George’s Hanover Square (1 October)

Other key dates include

Southbank Sinfonia, directed by Adrian Butterfield, in a varied programme to include Handel’s suite “The Alchemist” and Rameau’s Les Boréades (8 October)

Nine German Arias with Lucy Crowe and La Nuova Musica, directed by David Bates (12 October)

Samson with the English Concert, directed by Harry Bickett,  in partnership with Milton’s Cottage (13 October)

Concerti Grossi with London Handel Orchestra, directed by Laurence Cummings (14 October)

International Handel Singing Competition Final featuring four finalists and the London Handel Orchestra (20 October)

We conclude on 24 October with an hour-long Handel recital in the beautiful picture gallery at the Foundling Museum, featuring our other two finalists from the 2020 Handel Singing Competition – Ruairi Bowen and Jerome Knox, the outright winner.  This event is promoted by our partners at the Bloomsbury Festival, and tickets are already on sale here.