Saturday 18 September 2021 - St John's Church, Wimbledon - 7 pm
Academy Baroque Players
Keri Fuge, soprano
Susanna Hurell, soprano
Helen Charlston, mezzo soprano
Andrew Tortise, tenor
Thomas D Hopkinson, bass
Matthew Best - conductor
Solomon is probably the most lavish and magnificent of Handel's oratorios. Complete with stunning choruses and arias full of drama and introspective beauty, it includes the famous Arrival of the Queen of Sheba sinfonia. In Solomon Handel brings to life a picture of the Golden Age where religion, justice, nature and art are all in harmony, giving expression to a wide range of human emotions.
The choir will be joined by the Academy Baroque Players, again led by Alison Bury and a group of truly exceptional soloists for this very special concert.
We are grateful to Marcus Beale Architects and the members of the Friends of the Academy Choir for their financial support of this concert.
Tickets for this concert (priced from just £15 for adults and only £5 for students and under 18s) are on general sale. Ticket-holders for the concert are also entitled to claim free tickets to attend a pre-concert talk to be given by 5.15 pm by Dr Ruth Smith. Dr Smith is the author of Handel's Oratorios and Eighteenth Century Thought (published by Cambridge University Press in 1995) and a member of the Council of the Handel Institute. We are thrilled that she has also written the programme essay for this concert which can be found here. Do not worry about "spoiling your appetite" should you read the programme essay - Dr Smith has assured us that there will be very little overlap at all between the essay and what promises to be a fascinating talk.
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.
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, at least one of Bach's Passions, further great English choral anthems and a series of new commissions.