Saturday 14 March 2020 - St John's Church, Wimbledon - 7 pm
Academy Baroque Players
Christopher Purves, Saul
Sarah Tynan, Merab
James Way, Jonathan
James Hall, David
Erica Eloff, Michal
Matthew Best - conductor
We are very excited to present our first concert of 2020 which will open a celebratory season marking our fortieth anniversary.
Jealousy, love and madness are at the centre of one of Handel's greatest and most distinctive masterpieces. In a dramatic
retelling of the Old Testament story, King Saul descends into madness over his subjects' gratitude to David for slaying Goliath - and the consequences are fatal. With an impressive line-up of world-class soloists, powerful choruses and glorious instrumental music comes a tale of violence and power as Saul's children are forced to choose between loyalty and love, tearing both a family and a nation apart.
Christopher Purves has arguably made the role of Saul his own having recorded the role for The Sixteen and performed it in Glyndebourne's 2015 production. Sarah Tynan is undoubtedly among the front rank of leading ladies of opera today. James Way has won a range of prestigious singing prizes in recent years whilst James Hall is nothing less than one of the most existing young countertenors in the country. A winner of the London Handel Singing Competition, Erica Eloff, completes a line-up we do hope that you will be very keen to experience first hand.
Please note the slightly earlier than usual start time for this concert.
We are determined to ensure that our concerts are not just highly enjoyable musical occasions but also an integral part of community life. They offer an opportunity to catch up with friends as well as make new ones; to hear familiar music and - hopefully - also some less familiar music that you will swiftly come to love. They are also events for all ages; we believe very strongly that high quality musical organisations - particularly those with a strong community focus - have a responsibility to share their music with everyone, not just those for whom attending a classical music concert is a routine experience. For that reason we always offer very affordable child tickets throughout our venues as well as affordable full price tickets. We also take our work into schools and invite local schoolchildren and parents to witness our final rehearsals free of charge. If you would like to support or take advantage of these opportunities please do get in touch.
Our fortieth anniversary season
2020 marks the fortieth anniversary of our formation and we have plans for two particularly special concerts arranged to mark the occasion.
On 14 March 2020 we will be performing Handel's gloriously operatic oratorio Saul with the Academy Baroque Players and a line-up of top flight soloists led by Christopher Purves in the title role
On 20 June 2020 we will be performing Monteverdi's wonderful Vespers of 1610 with His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts and yet more wonderful soloists
Given the scale of these concerts we are keen to hear from individuals and companies who might be interested in supporting particular elements of either of these wonderful events. Please do contact us if this might appeal to you!
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Further concert plans
As yet unscheduled concert plans include performances of Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ, the completion of our cycle of the major Handel oratorios, motets by Bruckner and others, further great English choral anthems and a series of new commissions.