Sophie Bevan, Elizabeth DeShong, Alek Shrader, Karina Gauvin, Lucy Crowe to headline the fall 2021 English concert season



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

For the purposes of this article, we will focus on vocal and lyrical performances.

The first will be Handel’s “Samson” at the London Handel Festival, St. George’s Hanover Square. The showcase will feature Stuart Jackson, Sophie Bevan, Paula Murrihy, Matthew Brook, David Shipley and Rachel Redmond. Harry Bickets is directing.

Date of performance: October 13, 2021

The next stop will be Handel’s “Messiah” at St. James’s Church in Piccadilly. Sophie Bevan, Claudia Huckle, Josh Elliott and Ashley Riches are the stars. Trevor Pinnock leads the performance.

“Handel has dedicated ‘Messiah’ to supporting children, giving performances each year to benefit the Foundling Hospital and bequeathing all of his musical material to them. It was my dream to follow Handel’s lead in celebrating 25 years of Jessie’s Fund and this is what we do in a shortened journey through his inspired masterpiece, ”Pinnock said in a release from hurry.

Date of performance: October 15, 2021

Then there will be a performance of “Why, why are all the muses silent?” by Purcell. Z343 and Chandos Hymn # 7 by Handel “My song will always be” HWV252, conducted by Kristian Bezuidenhout. Soprano Anna Dennis and bass Matthew Brook play the role of soloists.

Date of performance: 22 October 2021

The fall season ends with a production of “Alcina” by Handel starring Karina Gauvin, Lucy Crowe, Elizabeth DeShong, Paula Murrihy, Alek Shrader and Wojtek Gierlach. Harry Bicket directs.

Performance dates: November 2-7, 2021 (in Los Angeles)



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