The 2023 London Handel Festival returns this month with a range over performances across London, running from February – April. This year’s Festival revolves around the idea of ‘Forces of Nature’ and kicks off with a performance of Alexander’s Feast on 23rd Februar at Handel’s Church, St George’s Hannover Square.
The Festival’s Musical Director, Laurence Cummings will preside over a number of concerts, performances and special events, including the opening performance of Alexander’s Feast and the Come and Sing event next weekend, Final of the Handel Singing Competition, a recital entitled ‘Travels with my Harpsichord: a Retrospective’ and the Festival’s newly devised opera, In the Realms of Sorrow, featuring compositions by Héloïse Werner.
This year also sees the return of the much-loved Good Friday Passion, a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion at St George’s, led by Laurence himself.
The 2023 LHF also features performances from other Rayfield Allied artists, including Helen Charlston in recital at an LHF Supper Club event at Fidelio Café on 7th March, Bjarte Eike’s collaboration with musicians from the Royal Academy of Music on 8th March, Nicholas Mulroy in a special anniversary performance of Handel’s Chandos Anthems on 12th March and Héloïse Werner performing with The Hermes Experiment at Shoreditch Treehouse on 10th March. The festival's penultimate performance is of Handel's lesser-known opera Scipione, conducted by Christian Curnyn and featuring Mhairi Lawson as Berenice, with the Early Opera Company.
For more information about this year’s festival, please visit the LHF website.