The English Concert Marks 50th Anniversary With New ‘Handel for All’ Releases

By Afton Wooten

(Photo credit: Paul Marc Mitchell)

The English Concert marks its 50th anniversary with new releases of its legacy project, “Handel for All.”

This spring the group will put on a number of special concerts and events in celebration, whilst continuing to build its library of recordings of Händel’s works that are free and accessible.

Sopranos Jeanine de Bique and Liv Redpath, mezzo-soprano Maite Beaumont, countertenors Justin Kim and Iestyn Davies, tenor James Way, and bass Federico Sacchi are set to give another performance of Monteverdi’s “The Coronation of Poppea.” Harry Bicket will lead the concert version at the Palau de La Musica, Barcelona.

Performance Date: March 17, 2024

The London Handel Festival will feature Händel’s “Brockes Passion” at St George’s, Hanover Square. Harry Bicket directs sopranos Hilary Cronin, Elizabeth Watts, and Nardus Williams, alto Jess Dandy, tenor Robert Murray and bass Morgan Pearse and the orchestra.

Performance Date: March 27, 2024

Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo joins Harry Bicket and The English Concert for an exploration into Händel and his contemporaries – Ferrandini and Corelli.

Performance Date: April 10, 2024

The Surrey Hills Music Festival stars Dame Sarah Connolly, under the direction of Harry Bicket for a performance celebrating Bach and Händel. The concert features Bicket’s arrangement of Bach’s “Trio über Allein Gott” and the overture to Händel’s “Theodora,” “Solomon,” and the “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.”

Performance Date: May 18, 2024

In partnership with Garsington Opera, The English Concert puts on performances of Rameau’s “Platé.” Tenor Samuel Boden will sing the title role. Soprano Mireille Asselin, tenor Robert Murray, baritone Jonathan McGovern, and basses Henry Waddington and Ossian Huskinson will also be among the cast. Paul Agnew will make his Garsington Opera debut as conductor.

Performance Date: May 29 – June 30, 2024