First, the bad news: one will have to wait until April of next year to hear the English Concert and conductor Harry Bicket bring another Handel opera to Carnegie Hall. And that is indeed unfortunate, because their Sunday performance of Rinaldo was so wonderful that the pain of its concluding was nearly as acute as the pleasure of its hearing.
— NY Classical Review, Rinaldo, Carnegie Hall, 2018

The English Concert

With an unsurpassed reputation for inspired performances of baroque and classical music, The English Concert ranks among the finest chamber orchestras in the world.

The orchestra's international standing is the result of tireless work at home in the United Kingdom, on the road, and in the studio since 1973, guided along the way by founder Trevor Pinnock, his successor, Andrew Manze, and current Artistic Director Harry Bicket. From Bach to Purcell and Handel to Mozart, The English Concert's award-winning discography features over 100 recordings with some of the most renowned artists in recent history.

Harry Bicket’s English Concert and Joyce DiDonato gave a performance so stunning it was liable to make even the most jaded of early-music skeptics take note.
— NY Classical Review, Ariodante, Carnegie Hall, 2017

During its concert seasons, the orchestra also enjoys working with such distinguished guest artists as harpsichordist Laurence Cummings, violinist Rachel Podger, and soloists Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Alice Coote, Lucy Crowe, and David Daniels. Ground-breaking collaborations with artists and venues worldwide are central to The English Concert's program. These include the orchestra's commission from New York’s Carnegie Hall, initiated in 2012, to present a series of operas-in-concert by George Frederic Handel.

Learn more about the orchestra, its current season, and highlights of the 2017-18 season.