A Baroque Odyssey

40 Years of Les Arts Florissants

William Christie and Les Arts Florissants

Born out of a belief that Baroque music should make its audiences want to laugh, cry and dance, Les Arts Florissants celebrate their 40th birthday, powered by an unquenchably Gallic joie-de-vivre.

One of the world’s great early music ensembles, Les Arts Florissants celebrates its 40th anniversary in truly resplendent style with a lavish gala under founder-director William Christie and Associate Musical Director Paul Agnew. And if it’s hard to believe that they’ve been dazzling audiences for four decades now – well, Christie would be the first to agree that age is a state of mind.

Six singers who share Les Arts Florissants’ energy and imagination join them tonight for a sumptuous programme: music by Handel, Purcell, Charpentier, Rameau and Lully, played like the ink is still wet on the page. Because that’s what Les Arts Florissants do.

End-time to be announced nearer the event.


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Composer Focus – Episode 1: George Frideric Handel with Iestyn Davies

Ed Seckerson is joined by countertenor Iestyn Davies to discuss George Frideric Handel, the German-born composer whose prolific portfolio of operas and hits such as the Water Music, and Messiah, won the hearts of the British public.

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Listen: Barbican Essentials - Handel

Our selection of the best of Handel's music.

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Barbican Sessions: Roderick Williams and Andrew West


Filmed in an empty Milton Court Concert Hall, baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Andrew West perform a beautiful rendition of 'An die Nachtigall' by Johanness Brahms.

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