Event: Handel's Messiah
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 7:30pm, Harrow School Speech Room, Harrow-on-the-Hill
We wanted to choose something special for the major concert of our 80th anniversary year and felt that we couldn't do much better than the wonderful Handel's Messiah, which we haven't performed since 2011.
The performance will be in the historic Speech Room of Harrow School which, as those familiar with it will be aware, means effectively performing 'in-the-round'. The almost unique combination of grandeur and intimacy which this venue imparts will bring another dimension to what we anticipate being a very special occasion.
We will be accompanied by the period instruments of the renowned baroque orchestra Charivari Agréable, with whom we have performed on numerous occasions in the past - most recently for St John's Passion in St Alban's Cathedral last Spring.
Baroque OrchestraWe are delighted to welcome once again the acclaimed Charivari Agréable as our orchestra for this concert - 'one of the classiest baroque bands' (The Observer), 'specialising in the ingenious use of period instruments to produce ravishing sonorities and full-bodied textures'. (Gramophone). We last performed with them in 2015 when we sang Bach's St John Passion in St Albans Cathedral.
SopranoAward winning British soprano Raphaela Papadakis is kindly supported by Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists scheme. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Janice Chapman and made her professional operatic debut at Garsington Opera in 2014 which was singled out by the Financial Times as the “most attractive solo performance” of the show. A committed recitalist, Raphaela also made her song recital debut in the same year at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Her many awards and prizes include 1st prize at the Mozart Competition, the Clonter Opera and Audience Prizes, the Maureen Lehane Vocal Award and the York Early Music Festival Prize at the London Handel Festival. She was also a semi-finalist at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Royal Overseas League Competition and the Das Lied International Song Competition.
Mezzo sopranoAlexandra is particularly renowned for her interpretation of Baroque music and is in great demand throughout Europe, enjoying a busy career that combines concerts, opera, broadcasts and recordings. She has collaborated with many well known international orchestras and conductors including Harry Christophers, Symphony of Harmony and Invention, Laurence Cummings and London Handel Players. Alexandra's recent appearances have included: George Frideric Handel’s Joshua for The London Handel Festival, ; Mozart’s Requiem - Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) with Harry Christophers and the Radio Kamer Filharmonie ; J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Bridgewater Hall ; Mozart’s Requiem at the Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid) ; G.F. Handel’s Theodora (Irene), Barber Institute ; Peter Maxwell Davies’ Missa Super l’homme arme, BBC Radio 3.
TenorJames is a seasoned oratorio singer and has previously performed Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, the Usher Hall and the Cadogan Hall. He has sung with choral societies in the Shetland Islands, the Isle of Mann, the Isle of Wight and Guernsey and has appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Three Choirs Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival. Some of the choirs and orchestras that James has worked with as a soloist include; Philharmonia Orchestra, BBCSSO, BBCNOW, Academy of Ancient Music, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and London Handel Players. James’ extensive musical training has included Magdalan College, Oxford (MA Hons), Trinity College of Music (MMus) and Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Postgraduate Diploma). He has also been a member of the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus for almost 10 years, where he has appeared in more than 300 performances and worked with many of the world's finest conductors and directors.
BassJames was the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award and, in the same year, was the recipient of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship. He was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize in 2015 (for best interpretation of a Schubert Lied) and overall Third Prize at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn International Song Competition. James joined Glyndebourne Festival Chorus in the summer of 2016 and is continuing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also made his BBC Proms debut in 2016 singing in Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music conducted by Sakari Oramo. James has appeared with many concert and choral societies throughout the UK in repertoire including Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem, Bach St John Passion and B Minor Mass, Orff Carmina Burana and Handel Messiah.
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