Baroque orchestra The English Concert (TEC) has announced their 2012-13 season which will see them tour around the world, visiting Europe, the far east and the USA.
One of the pieces TEC will be performing this season, under the direction of Harry Bicket, is Handel’s Radamisto. They will perform the opera throughout February, taking it to Birmingham Symphony Hall, London’s Barbican Centre and touring internationally to Paris, at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and to Carnegie Hall in New York City.
During the orchestra’s time in Birmingham, they will continue their recent work in education, which has seen them hold masterclasses for directors and harpsichordists looking to improve their technique. TEC will take up a week’s residence at the University of Birmingham in late January, with both Bicket and the orchestra holding sessions for the department of music.
TEC will also take up another residency this September at Handel House Museum. TEC members will perform violin works which were thought to have inspired J. S. Bach and will also explore Handel’s French baroque work.
Christmas will see the orchestra perform with long-time collaborator Laurence Cummings for a programme of music by J. S. Bach and Corelli, to be performed at Spitalfields Music Winter Festival. They will reunite yet again in March 2013 with Cummings directing the orchestra in a performance of Easter cantatas by Bach and Biber.
For more information about The English Concert’s 2012-13 season, including details of their UK regional tour, visit www.englishconcert.co.uk