The English Concert

The English Concert

The English Concert
Vocal Ensemble

The English Concert is an outstanding orchestra: exceptional, in the world-renowned quality, ambition and variety of its live and recorded output; unique, in the zeal of its players for working and performing together; unwavering, in its desire to connect with its audience throughout the world.


    Under the artistic direction of Harry Bicket and principal guest Kristian Bezuidenhout, The English Concert has earned a reputation for combining urgency, passion and fire with precision, delicacy and beauty.

    The artistic partners the orchestra collaborates with reflect and enhance its pursuit for new ways to bring music to life. Joyce DiDonato, Dame Sarah Connolly, Iestyn Davies, Alison Balsom, Trevor Pinnock, Dominic Dromgoole, Tom Morris and many more have not only brought their extraordinary skills to individual projects but continue to help the ensemble to shape the way it performs.

    One cornerstone of the orchestra’s annual cycle is its international Handel Opera tour. Blossoming from an ongoing relationship with Carnegie Hall, the itinerary now regularly takes in the Theater an der Wien, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Elbphilharmonie and Barbican Hall, and the roster of great halls continues to grow. Meanwhile, the orchestra’s regular London series allows it to explore a radically different path, presenting programmes to its home audience that challenge and inspire. The English Concert is associate orchestra at Garsington Opera.

    The English Concert's recording series with Linn Records launches with the release of Handel: Rodelinda on 14th May 2021, starring Iestyn Davies and Lucy Crowe.