Saturday 3rd February 2018
Handel: Israel in EgyptWith Instruments of Time and Truth
Handel's epic oratorio Israel in Egypt soon stood alongside his Messiah as one England's favourite choral treasures. Handel's evocation of hailstones, pestilence, frogs, insects, fire, dark clouds and violent smiting contains some of his greatest and most exciting choral writing.
"Handel understands effect better than any of us; when he chooses, he strikes like a thunderbolt." (W.A. Mozart)
June 2018 (date TBC)
Parry centenary concert
A concert marking the anniversary of C.H.H. Parry's death in 1918. Stanford described Parry as the greatest English composer since Purcell, and Elgar called him "the head of our art". The programme will include music by Parry, Stanford, Elgar, and Purcell.