Sophie Bevan, Elizabeth DeShong, Alek Shrader, Karina Gauvin, Lucy Crowe Headline The English Concert’s Fall 2021 Season

By David Salazar

The English Concert has announced the fall portion of its 2021-22 season.

For the purposes of this article, our focus will be on vocal and operatic performances.

First up will be Händel’s “Samson” at the London Händel Festival, St. George’s Hanover Square. The showcase will star Stuart Jackson, Sophie Bevan, Paula Murrihy, Matthew Brook, David Shipley, and Rachel Redmond. Harry Bickets conducts.

Performance Date: Oct. 13, 2021 

Next up will be Händel’s “Messiah” at St. James’ Church in Piccadilly. Sophie Bevan, Claudia Huckle, Josh Elliott and Ashley Riches star. Trevor Pinnock leads the performance.

“Händel devoted ‘Messiah’ to the support of children, giving yearly benefit performances at the Foundling Hospital and bequeathing them all his musical material. It has been my dream to follow Handel’s strong lead in celebration of 25 years of Jessie’s Fund and this we do in a shortened journey through his inspired masterpiece,” said Pinnock in a press statement.

Performance Date: Oct. 15, 2021 

Next up will be a performance of  Purcell’s ‘Why, why are all the muses mute?’ Z343 and Handel’s Chandos Anthem No. 7 ‘My song shall be alway’ HWV252, led by Kristian Bezuidenhout. Soprano Anna Dennis and bass Matthew Brook star as soloists.

Performance Date: Oct. 22, 2021

The fall season comes to a close with a production of Händel’s “Alcina” starring Karina Gauvin, Lucy Crowe, Elizabeth DeShong, Paula Murrihy, Alek Shrader, and Wojtek Gierlach. Harry Bicket conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 2-7 2021 (in Los Angeles)