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Handel Festival: throughout April

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Thursday 4 April 2013

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the annual Handel Festival returns to St Martin’s this April, with both lunchtime and evening concerts throughout the month celebrating the work of this magnificent composer.


Easter Monday 1 April


Handel Messiah by Candlelight 

Handel – Messiah Part 1

Handel – Messiah Part 2 and 3

English Chamber Choir

Belmont Ensemble of London

Carleen Ebbs Soprano

Ciara Hendrick Mezzo Soprano

Richard Rowntree Tenor

James Gower Bass

Peter G Dyson – Conductor

Tickets: £28 £24 £20 £14 £8 

Tuesday 2 April

1.00pm Free Lunchtime Concert

Royal Academy of Music Series

Handel – Overture from Rinaldo Gay ‘Let us take the Road’ from The Beggar’s Opera

Handel – Trio Sonata

Handel – Minuet I and Minuet II from Water Music Suite No 1 in F

Handel – ‘Queen Caroline March’ from Scipione

Handel – Allegro in B flat from Rinaldo

Handel – Sarabande from Suite de Pieces Vol 1

Handel – Gavotte from Il Pastor Fido

Handel – Trio Sonata

Handel – ‘La Paix (sicilienne)’ from Music from the Royal Fireworks

Royal Academy of Music Historical Performance Faculty

Thursday 4 April


Mostly Handel and Vivaldi

Bach – Air ‘on the G string’ 

Handel – Concerto grosso op 6 No 7 in B flat

Handel – Largo

Vivaldi – ‘Spring’ from Four Seasons

Vivaldi – Sinfonia ‘Alla rustica’ 

Handel – ‘Air- from Water Music

Vivaldi – Oboe and Violin Concerto in B flat

Handel – Oboe Concerto in G minor

London Octave

Philip Harmer Oboe

Lorraine McAslan Violin

Dietrich Bethge Director/ Cello

Tickets: £22 £18 £14 £10 £8

Saturday 6 April


Handel – Music from the Royal Fireworks

Handel – Gloria

Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Handel – Water Music Suites in F and G

Handel – Let the Bright Seraphim 

Handel – Opera Arias

Vivaldi – Concerto for Two Trumpets

Vivaldi – Flute Concerto ‘la notte’

Handel – Music from the Royal Fireworks

Belmont Ensemble of London

Peter G Dyson Conductor 

Tickets: £28 £24 £20 £14 £8

Monday 8 April

1.00pm Free Lunchtime Concert

Royal College of Music Series

Handel – ‘Seto la gioia’ from Amadigi

Handel – Inumano fratel… stille amare

Albinoni – Trio Sonata op 1 No 5

Handel – ‘Presti omai’ and ‘Dall’ondoso periglio…Aure deh per pieta’ from Giuluo Cesare

Handel – Concerto grosso No 1 in F minor

Handel – ‘Pompe vane di morte… Dove sei? And ‘V’ivi tiranno’ from Rodelinda

Ballo Baroque Ensemble 

Thursday 11 April


Handel Israel in Egypt by Candlelight

A rare performance of Handels most dramatic oratorio.  Original 1738 version

Handel – ‘Oveture’ from Water Music

Handel – Israel in Egypt Part 1

Handel – Allegro from Organ Concerto

‘Cuckoo and the Nightingale’

Handel – Israel in Egypt Part 2

English Chamber Choir

Belmont Ensemble of London

Peter G Dyson Conductor

Tickets: £25 £22 £18 £12 £8

Thursday 15 April 

1.00pm Free Lunchtime Concert

 Trinity Laban Baroque Orchestra

Angela Hicks Soprano

Walter Reister Director

Friday 19 April


Handel and Bach by Candlelight

Handel – Concerto grosso n G op 3 No 1

Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 5

Vivaldi – flute concerto ‘Il gardellino’

Bach – Orchestral Suite in B minoir

Handel – Concerto grosso in B flat op 6 No 7

Handel – Water Music Flute Suite

Feinstein Ensemble

Catherine Manson Violin

Christopher Bucknall Harpsichord

Martin Feinstein Director/Flute/Recorder

Tickets: £24 £20 £16 £10 £8

Monday 22 April

1.00pm Free Lunchtime Concert

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Series

A Programme of music by Handel

Guildhall school of Music and Drama Historical Performance Department

Saturday 27 April


Handel Messiah

New London Singers

Trafalgar Sinfonia

Susanna Hurrell Soprano

Andrew Radley Counter Tenor

Ben Johnson Tenor

Alexander Robin Baker Baritone

Ivor Setterfield Conductor

Tickets: £28 £24 £20 £14 £8

Monday 29 April

1.00pm Free Lunchtime Concert

Royal Northern College of Music Series

Students from the Royal Northern College of Music and Drama specialising in Historical Performance, present a varied programme of music by Handel.