Christmas Gala by Candlelight
Handel – ‘I Know That My Redeemer Liveth’ and ‘Rejoice Greatly’ from Messiah
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Corelli – Concerto grosso op 6 No 8 ‘Christmas Concerto’
Bach – Excerpts from Christmas Oratorio
Vivaldi – ‘Autumn’ and ‘Winter’ from Four Seasons
Bach – Excerpts from Mass B minor
Bach – Excerpts from Magnificat
Traditional Christmas Carols for Audience, Orchestra, Soloists and Organ
Festive Orchestra of London
Faye Newton Soprano
Giles Underwood Bass
Rodolfo Richter Solo Violin
Andrew Earis Organ of St Martin’s
Steven Devine Master of Ceremonies
Conductor and keyboard player Steven Devine received his early musical training at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester and read music at Oxford University. He is now in demand across the world and is at home in the fields of opera, large-scale concerts, chamber music and solo performances.
He made his London conducting debut in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall and is now a regular performer there – including making his Proms directing debut in August 2007 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has conducted the Mozart Festival Orchestra in every major concert hall in the UK and also across Switzerland. In opera, Steven has worked at the Comische Oper in Berlin and alongside Paul Mcreesh throughout France. Recently appointed Associate Music Director of Opera Restor’d, he has conducted at Wigmore Hall in London, at the Warwick, Lake District, Stour Norwich and English Haydn Festivals. Steven works regularly with New Chamber Opera in Oxford and with them has conducted performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mozart’s La Finta Semplice, Stradella’s Il Trespolo Tutore, Rossini’s Il Comte Ory and Handel’s Xerxes. For the Dartington Festival Opera he has conducted Handel’s Orlando.
Since 2007 Steven has been the harpsichordist with London Baroque in addition to his position as Co-Principal keyboard player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He is also the principal keyboard player for I Fagiolini, Apollo and Pan, The Classical Opera Company and performs regularly with many other groups around Europe. He has recorded over thirty discs with other artists and ensembles and made three solo recordings.
Ever since his schooldays, Steven has been associated with the Finchcocks Collection of historic keyboard instruments in Kent and in now Director of Education. He was appointed Professor of Fortepiano at Trinity College of Music in 2003.
The Festive Orchestra of London was formed in 1990 to perform the masterpieces of the Baroque in and around London. The players are equally at home on modern and period instruments, giving them a unique insight into this wonderful repertoire. They have performed in most of London’s major venues, toured in Europe and the Middle East and have broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.