The English Concert

The English Concert

Charity information

The English Concert

The English Concert is among the finest chamber orchestras in the world with an unsurpassed reputation for virtuosic, passionate, and inspiring performances of baroque and classical music.

Founded 1976

  • Mission statement

    The English Concert has performed, recorded and educated in its home city, London, and worldwide for 40 years, and is more than ever committed to reaching new audiences.

    In 2011 we were Associate Artists at Spitalfields Music Summer Festival, an association made possible by the fantastic response we received during the 2010 Big Give Christmas Challenge. We presented 3 sold-out public concerts and the first ever Baroque Boot Camp, a revelatory experience for all concerned.

    Inspired, we formed a partnership with the Foundling Museum, with its special associations with Handel and English baroque music, to give a concert as part of their Vauxhall Gardens Exhibition and a Master Class for aspiring young harpsichordist-directors - the Harry Bickets of the future - in 2012.

    The 2012 Big Give Christmas Challenge rose to the challenge magnificently, aimed to raise £52,000 through the Big Give to support in particular a Master Class on Handel's Radamisto for young players and singers at the Centre for Early Music Performance in Birmingham and we did so successfully.

    The English Concert inaugurated its 40th Anniversary in the 2013-2014 season with a tour of Handel's Theodora in the UK and overseas. This is a logical continuation of our 2013 Handel Radamisto project.

    This year we plan to revive the iconic British opera Dido and Aeneas in a semi-staged production by Tom Morris and John Retallack.

    Please help keep the passion alive!

  • Aims

    The English Concert aims to:

    • The English Concert aims to enrich the lives of music-lovers, musicians and students through the informed and commited performance of baroque and classical music to the highest possible standards.
  • Overview

    Established: September 1976

    Registered Charity Number: 271765

    Board members: 14

    Full time staff: 3

    Part time staff: 1

    Phone number: 0207 759 1100

    Address: Somerset House (West Wing), The Strand WC2R 1LA

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  • Handel's Messiah

    In collaboration with Tom Morris and Bristol Old Vic, The English Concert plans to bring a... More