LONDON HANDEL ORCHESTRA

Founder Conductor: Denys Darlow
Musical Director - Laurence Cummings
Associate Director and Leader of the Orchestra - Adrian Butterfield
Festival Director - Catherine Hodgson

London Handel Society, 265 Croxted Road, London, SE21 8NN

Tel/Fax: 020 8761 331

Web: www.london-handel-festival.com
Email: mail@london-handel-festival.com

Founded by Denys Darlow in 1978 the London Handel Festival has contributed to a Handel revival in the UK and celebrates the 25th Festival in 2002, specialising in the performance of lesser-known works of the period. In 1981 the London Handel Orchestra and Choir made their debut at the Festival. They now have an excellent reputation as exponents of 'authentic' performance and in 1999 the principals of the orchestra formed the London Handel Players to extend the repertoire performed at the Festival and elsewhere. The orchestra performs throughout the Festival at venues including Handel's church, St George's Church, Hanover Square, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. The London Handel Orchestra, which is made up of some of London's finest professional baroque players, also gives concerts at venues throughout the country outside the Festival period and has recently performed in Gloucester Cathedral during the Three Choirs Festival, the Chelsea Festival, the Windsor Festival, with the Royal Choral Society and for the opening of the Queen's Jubilee in April this year.

The London Handel Society was established to promote the music of Handel and his contemporaries and in particular their little heard works, many of which have been brought to a wider public in the last twenty years. The Society also encourages young singers and musicians of outstanding promise by giving them performance opportunities early in their careers. The Society is promoting a new Handel: Singing Competition, aimed at young singers over 23 years of age, the Final being held during the 25th London Handel Festival 2002 and adjudicated by James Bowman and Ian Partridge.

The Society works to bring Handel to a wider community through projects with young people and the elderly and encourages study and scholarship.


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