The English Concert
The 2013-2014 season marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of The English Concert.
With an unsurpassed reputation for inspiring performances of Baroque and Classical music,
the ensemble ranks among the finest chamber orchestras in the world.
Created by Trevor Pinnock in 1973, The English Concert appointed Harry Bicket as its
artistic director in 2007, and has toured with him to Europe, the US, and the Middle and
Far East. Mr. Bicket is renowned for his work with singers, and The English Concert's vocal
collaborators in recent seasons have included Mark Padmore, Ian Bostridge, Vesselina
Kasarova, Lucy Crowe, Elizabeth Watts, Carolyn Sampson, Danielle de Niese, Andreas Scholl,
and Sarah Connolly.
Part of the Arts Council National Portfolio program, The English Concert has toured widely
throughout England, and in the 2013-2014 season the ensemble appears in Gateshead,
Ryedale-North Yorkshire, Hereford, Birmingham, Warwick, Bristol, Aldeburgh, and
Southampton. Recent highlights include European and US tours with Alice Coote, Sara
Mingardo, Anna Caterina Antonacci, David Daniels, and Andreas Scholl, and the orchestra's
first tour to mainland China.
The English Concert enjoys a strong relationship with audiences in North America, having
recently performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Ann Arbor, and New York.
Following the success of Handel's Radamisto last season, Carnegie Hall has
commissioned one Handel opera each season from the orchestra, and future seasons will
feature performances of Handel's Alcina and Orlando.
The English Concert's discography includes more than 100 recordings with Trevor Pinnock
for Deutsche Grammophon / Archiv, as well as a series of critically acclaimed CDs for
Harmonia Mundi with violinist Andrew Manze. Recordings with Harry Bicket have been widely
praised, including Lucy Crowe's debut solo recital, Il caro Sassone. In October,
EMI Classics released Sound the Trumpet, a recording of Baroque music for trumpet
with Alison Balsom. A new recording with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote that features music by
Handel will be released in early 2014.
The English Concert works with several distinguished guest directors, including violinist
Fabio Biondi and harpsichordists Laurence Cummings and Kenneth Weiss.
Renowned as an opera and concert conductor, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his
interpretation of Baroque and Classical repertoire. He became artistic director of The
English Concert in 2007, and was also recently appointed chief conductor of the Santa Fe
Mr. Bicket's engagements in the current season include Handel's Agrippina at
Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu, Handel's Hercules at the Canadian Opera
Company, and the first performances at Santa Fe Opera of Beethoven's Fidelio. He
also leads The English Concert in its 40th anniversary season, which includes concert
performances of Handel's Theodora at the Barbican in London and the Théâtre
des Champs-Élysées as well as on tour throughout the US, and performances at London's
Wigmore Hall that feature Sally Matthews and Lucy Crowe.
Highlights of recent seasons include concerts, recordings, and tours with The English
Concert, including a residency at Wigmore Hall with Ian Bostridge and appearances at both
the 2009 and 2012 BBC Proms. Conducting engagements have included Handel's
Rodelinda and Giulio Cesare and Mozart's La clemenza di
Tito at the Metropolitan Opera, Handel's Rinaldo and
Hercules at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Orfeo at the Canadian Opera
Company, and Handel's Alcina at the Opéra National de Bordeaux. In addition,
Mr. Bicket has guest-conducted the Chicago and Tokyo symphony orchestras and the Los
Angeles and Saint Paul Chamber orchestras.