Friday 28 August 2015

Handel House Talent and Composer-in-Residence showcases

Handel House Talent
The members of Handel House Talent
The first year of the Handel House Talent scheme is coming to an end, with the young instrumentalists and singers performing, researching and collaborating at the Handel House Museum and there is a final chance to hear them during September and October. There is also a chance to hear the results of composer Edwin Hillier's residency. And a final festive showcase for all of them at St George's Church, Hanover Square.

Edwin Hillier
Edwin Hillier
The members of the Handel House Talent scheme are all giving final recitals, with some collaborations too. Caoimhe de Paor (recorder) performs lesser known Dutch composers and Vivaldi (10 September), Elspeth Robertson (recorders) and Nathaniel Mander (harpsichord) perform music from the Medieval through to 20th century and avant garde (17 September), George Ross (cello) and Marie van Rhijn (harpsichord) perform Italian music by Boccherini, Geminiani, Evaristo Felice dall'Abaco and Domenico Gabrielli, Marie van Rhijn (harpsichord) and Johan Lovfing (theorbo) explore music written in the reign of Louis XIII (1 October), Cathy Bell (mezzo-soprano) and Marie van Rhijn (harpsichord) explore music inspired by Orlando Furioso (8 October), Katarzyna Kowalik (harpsichord) looks at the more imaginative baroque pleasures in The Secret Garden (15 October), and Caoimhe de Paor and Elspeth Robertson are participating in masterclasses with Peter Holtslag (3 September).

Composer in residence Edwin Hillier has programmed a series of concerts. He collaborates with Tre Voci cello ensemble performing transcriptions of medieval and renaissance vocal music, improvisations and new music including one of Hillier's pieces (19 November). The Hermes Experiment will be performing music from Handel's time to the present including a new work by Dublin-based composer Elis Czerniak (22 November). Carla Rees (alto/bass flute) and Michael Oliva (electronics) from Rarescale will perform contemporary and baroque music including a new piece by Chinese-Swedish composer Weiwei Jin (26 November). The new music group, explorensemble will be performing music by Romitelli and Stockhausen and a new commission from Oliver Christophe Leith (26 November).

On Thursday 10 December at St George's Church, Hanover Square there is a Festive Showcase when the Handel House Talent members will all perform, there will be a new piece from Edwin Hillier.

To coincide with the exhibition Handel: A Life with Friends, there is a walking tour with curator Ellen Harris, Visiting Handel's Neighbours (20 September), and Ellen Harris will also be giving an illustrated lecture (28 November).

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