Bourgie Hall and the Montreal Bach Festival present

London Handel Players – German Geniuses

This impressive ensemble delivers a program on period instruments devoted entirely to chamber works by two supreme masters of the Baroque, Bach and Handel, both born in 1685.

For over twenty years, since making their debut at Handel’s parish church, St. George’s Hanover Square, as part of the London Handel Festival in 2000, the London Handel Players have thrilled audiences across the world with their performances and recordings. They appear regularly at Wigmore Hall and at many of the leading festivals in the UK, Europe and North America, performing baroque chamber music and concertos and collaborating with the world’s greatest singers. They have performed across Canada and the United States, making their New York debut at the Frick Museum in 2012 and returning to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2014. Their recent appearances include Spitalfields, London Handel, Tilford Bach, Cork Early Music, Göttingen International Handel, Gregynog, Kings Lynn, Stratford, Newbury Spring, Stour, Halle International Handel, York Early Music and Brighton Early Music Festivals.

Rachel Brown, flute

Recognised as one of the leading exponents of historical flutes, Rachel Brown is in great demand worldwide, as a soloist, orchestral player and teacher. As principal flute and recorder player with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Hanover Band, the Brandenburg Consort, Collegium Musicum 90, Ex Cathedra and, more recently, Arcangelo, she has recorded extensively and performed throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, China and Australia.

Adrian Butterfield, violin

Adrian Butterfield is a violinist, director, conductor and teacher who specialises in performing music from 1600-1900 on period instruments. He is Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society and Associate Director of the London Handel Festival and regularly directs the London Handel Orchestra and Players as well as working as a guest soloist and director in Europe and North America with modern and period ensembles.

Gavin Kibble, cello

Cellist and viola da gamba player Gavin Kibble studied first at the University of Oxford with Laurence Dreyfus and then at the Royal Academy of Music with Jonathan Manson and Joseph Crouch. Gavin now plays with many of the UK’s leading orchestras and ensembles, including the English Concert, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Gabrieli Consort, the Dunedin Consort, the Sixteen, Classical Opera, La Serenissima and the Early Opera Company. He is principal cellist of English Touring Opera and has been guest continuo cellist at the Opera del Liceu in Barcelona.

Silas Wollston, harpsichord

Recognised as a leading early music specialist, Silas Wollston has combined performance and scholarship in a varied career. A longstanding member of the English Baroque Soloists and The Bach Players, he performs on harpsichord and organ with early music orchestras and ensembles, as well as in duo partnerships and as a soloist. A former chorister, he studied the organ with John Scott before taking up an organ scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge. He then went on to study harpsichord and early piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Conservatoire Royale in Brussels.

Sonata for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord in G major, BWV 1019
Trio Sonata in C minor from The Musical Offering, BWV 1079
Trio Sonata for Organ in D major, BWV 529
Trio Sonata for Two Violins and Basso continuo in
A major, Op. 5, No. 1, HWV 396
Harpsichord Suite in F major, HWV 427
Two arias from the opera Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 (arr. for flute, violin and basso continuo)

Monday, November 21, 2022 at 7:30pm
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