16 November 2012 / 19:00
St George's Hanover Square
Tickets: £8 - 25
subject to availability
C Gibbons Fantasia the fourth á 3 in D minor C Gibbons Organ Pieces Locke Suite from The Little Consort Blow Suite in A minor for harpsichord Purcell Ground in D minor C Gibbons Organ Pieces C Gibbons Fantasia the seventh á 3 in F major Handel Trio Sonata Op 2 No 3
Academy of Ancient Music Richard Egarr chamber organ & harpsichord Pavlo Beznosiuk violin Cecilia Bernardini violin Mark Levy bass viol Stephen Farr church organ
Join the AAM for events celebrating Handel’s London. The afternoon begins with a guided tour of Handel House, Handel’s home from 1723 until his death in 1759, and where he composed some of the greatest music in history including Messiah, Zadok the Priest and Music for the Royal Fireworks.
Handel worshipped for many years at the nearby church of St George’s, Hanover Square, where Sir Nicholas Kenyon will give an exclusive talk exploring how Handel’s musical world can be ‘rediscovered’ through original instruments.
Sir Nicholas has recently published the Faber Pocket Guide to Bach. He is Managing Director of the Barbican Centre, and has been Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of the BBC Proms. He has written on music for The New Yorker, The Times and The Observer.
The evening closes with a performance celebrating the array of fine composers active in London, who shaped the music of the city before Handel arrived: Christopher Gibbons and John Blow held positions at Westminster Abbey; Matthew Locke served at the Chapel Royal; and the music of Henry Purcell echoed throughout the pubs, theatres and courts of the city.
6 - 7pm Pre-concert talk Discussion with Sir Nicholas Kenyon 5 - 6pm Tour Tour of Handel House Tickets £8 Please note only ticket-holders for the evening concert will be able to book a place on the tour. To book your place please contact the Box office on 020 7638 8891.
4 - 5pm Open Rehearsal A chance to hear the AAM rehearse the music for the evening concert.