Louis De Bernières’s 'Mr Handel'

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The Brook Street Band, with Nicki Kennedy (soprano) and reader Louis De Bernières.

The author and inveterate Handel-lover Louis De Bernières joins The Brook Street Band to weave a magical tale through the course of this concert. His freshly-commissioned prose brings Handel to life in a story of music, passion, rivalry, friendship, struggle, and above all, success.

Musical highlights include Handel's sparkling motet 'Coelestis dum spirat aura', HWV231; Sinfonia in B flat, HWV339; and the trio sonata from JS Bach's 'Musical Offering', BVW1079. Plus, guest 'appearances' by Handel's mentors, friends and rivals – with Corelli trio sonatas, music from Telemann's Tafelmusik, and vocal fireworks from Handel's adversary, Porpora.