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April Highlights

Highlights of the London Handel Festival this month – Adrian Butterfield directs Israel in Egypt on Wednesday 2 April, with the London Handel Orchestra and soloists including Natalie Montakhab and Greg Tassell; and on Thursday 10 April the London Handel Players present When Handel met Leclair at the Wigmore Hall – also live on BBC Radio 3 and on the iPlayer for the next 7 days

Carole Cerasi gives a recital on the Shudi harpsichord usually residing at Kew Palace, at the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 8 April for the BBC, broadcast on the Early Music Show on Sunday 13 April as part of Radio 3’s 18th century season.

The busy choral society season continues – on 5 April Cecilia Osmond and Michael Pearce sing the Brahms Requiem in Chelmsford Cathedral, Charlotte Mobbs and Neil Baker are in Crawley for Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light, and Vanessa Williamson is the Angel in Dream of Gerontius for Grimsby Philharmonic Society.  I’m looking forward to Carmina Burana in Derby with Natalie Montakhab and Greg Tassell making his roasting swan debut!

Some comments from the Revolutionary Drawing Room’s concerts last month in Nottingham, York and Teesside: “We had a fabulous concert last night with the Revolutionary Drawing Room and Colin Lawson. We had a capacity house (just a couple of seats available) and the audience so enjoyed hearing the ensemble perform. Please could you pass on my thanks to all the musicians for a superb evening.”  and “It was a splendid concert… it was obvious from the applause how impressed people were.”

And a great review of Elizabeth Kenny from The Guardian on L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: “From where I sat, I could hear (perfectly) but not see the small orchestra, hidden up in their gallery. But it was clear, not least from the virtuosic guitar/theorbo playing, this was a crack ensemble. Checking the eight names later, I was not surprised to find it was Elizabeth Kenny, one of Europe's leading baroque musicians.  Her imagination and esprit were matched, if necessarily less prominently, by all.”

Posted on April 1st 2014