OUR MUSICIANS

Rachel Brown  flute and recorder

 

Adrian Butterfield  violin

 

Oliver Webber  violin

 

Clare Salaman  violin and hurdy-gurdy

 

Rachel Byrt  viola

 

Katherine Sharman  cello and gamba

 

Cecelia Bruggemeyer  double bass

 

Peter Buckoke double bass

 

Laurence Cummings  harpsichord and organ

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© London Handel Players  2017

Handel at Home

"the most delicious music you could ask to hear, and the players give every indication of loving every note they play”.

(Robert Bigio, Pan, Journal of the British Flute Society)

Long before the advent of recording, music lovers savoured their favourite arias from Handel’s operas and oratorios in instrumental arrangements for domestic music making. Coupled with solo and trio sonatas, and the newly discovered Handel Flute Concerto, this programme forms the core of our repertoire.

 

Sample programme:

Concerto in G minor HWV287 for flute and strings

Violin Sonata in A major Op.1 No.3 HWV361

"Beneath the vine" from Solomon

Trio Sonata in G major Op.5 No.4 HWV399

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Trio Sonata in F major Op.2 No.4 HWV389

"Myself I shall adore" from Semele

"No, no, I'll take no less" from Semele

Trio Sonata in D major Op.5 No.2 HWV397

"Verdi prati" from Alcina

 

 

Bach’s greatest gift: the Musical Offering

London Handel Players unwrap the secrets of the puzzle canons, together with audience interaction, and perform the great trio sonata, which Bach offered to Frederick the Great as a summation of his Art. Contrasted with the galant style so popular with the next generation, Bach’s Musical Offering towers, like Everest, above all else, as a monumental achievement.

 

Sample programme:

CPE Bach Trio Sonata in C major Wq147

Frederick the Great Flute Sonata in C major

Benda Violin Sonata in E flat major

Quantz Flute Sonata in A major No.351

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J.S. Bach Musical Offering BWV1079 (complete)

 

 

Concerto Celebration

Virtuosic concertos for flute, violin and harpsichord, culminating in Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto. Repertoire may include solo concertos by Handel, CPE Bach, Quantz, Vivaldi, Leclair, and a beautiful double concerto for flute and violin by Telemann.

 

Sample programme:

Telemann Concerto for Flute and Violin in E minor

Handel Organ Concerto Op.4 No.2 in B flat major HWV290

CPE Bach Flute Concerto in D minor

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Leclair Violin Concerto Op.7 No. 4 in F major

JS Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major BWV1050

 

 

Telemann and Friends

In 2017 we celebrate the composer Telemann 250 years after his death. Recordings of his Methodical Sonatas and Essercizii Musici are in the pipeline and for sumptuous programmes of Telemann quartets, London Handel Players are joined by the renowned artists, Argentinian gamba player, Juan Manuel Quintana and Austrian baroque oboist, Andreas Helm.

 

Sample programmes:

1. “The Godfather”

Telemann Paris Quartet No.3 in A major

CPE Bach Violin Sonata

JS Bach Organ Trio

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J.S. Bach Sonata for Flute and continuo in E major BWV1035

CPE Bach keyboard solo

Telemann Paris Quartet No.6 in E minor

 

2. “A German in Paris”

Telemann, Guignon, Forqueray, Blavet

Telemann Paris Quartet No.3 in A major

Blavet Flute Sonata

Guignon Violin Sonata

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Telemann Trio Sonata (from Essercizii Musici)

Forqueray solo harpsichord

Telemann Paris Quartet No.6 in E minor

 

3. Telemann and Handel

“Friends for life”

Telemann Trio Sonata (from Essercizii Musici)

Handel Trio Sonata Op.2 No.4 in F major HWV 389 for 2 violins and continuo

Telemann Violin Sonata (from Essercizii Musici)

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Telemann Recorder Sonata (from Essercizii Musici)

Handel Harpsichord Suite in E major 'The Harmonious Blacksmith' HWV 430

Handel arias from Semele and Alcina

 

4. Telemann and Handel

“Friends for life”

Telemann Quartet in G major

Handel Trio Sonata Op.5 No.5 in G minor HWV 400

Telemann Trio Sonata (from Essercizii Musici)

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Handel arias from Solomon, Semele and Alcina

Handel Harpsichord Suite in E major 'The Harmonious Blacksmith' HWV 430

Telemann Concerto a 4 in A minor

 

 

Dances fit for a King

In fascinating reconstructions of original choreographies to music by Lully, Rebel and Handel, celebrated dancers Mary Collins and Steve Player also join the London Handel Players in dancing to Bach’s B minor Suite. Our long-term collaboration and research will come to fruition in a book and DVD. Watch our introductory video…

 

Sample programme:

Anon La Bourgogne (choreography by Pécour)

Lully Overture, Sarabande and Gavotte from Atys LWV 53

Lully Sarabande from Les jeux pythiens LWV 42

Lully Passacaille from Persée LWV 60

Louis Couperin Harpsichord Suite in D major

Rebel Les Caractères de La Dance

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Handel Scipio HWV 20

Overture and March ('Queen Caroline', choreography by L'Abbé)

Corelli Violin Sonata Op.5 No.12 in D minor La Folia

Handel Passacaille from the Harpsichord Suite in G minor HWV 432

J.S. Bach Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor BWV1067

 

 

Celtic Crossover

Renowned Celtic fiddle-and-cello duo Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas join the London Handel Players for a folk-inspired programme of Scottish, French and Polish 18th-century music with a modern twist. Guaranteed to make you want to get up and dance!

 

Sample programme:

Lully Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Michel Corrette Les Sauvages from Concerto Comique no. 25

traditional The Highlander's Farewell

Geminiani  Lady Ann Bothwell's Lament

arr. McGibbon/Oswald My Time, O ye Muses

arr. Nathaniel Gow Miss Mary Gordon of Braid

Robert Mackintosh Lochail's away to France & Hon'ble Mrs Maules Reel

Vivaldi, arr. Nicolas Chédeville Spring from The Four Seasons

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Philidor Air en Musette from Suite in A minor, Op.1 No. 4

Rameau Two Rigaudons from Naïs

Rebel 2 Tambourins, Air and Chaconne from Les Elémens

traditional Scottish Airs

Leclair Tambourin from Violin Sonata in C No. 11 (Troisième livre)

Corrette Fanfare and Chaconne

arr. Nathaniel Gow Roslin Castle

arr. Joseph Haydn On a Bank of Flowers

arr. Nathaniel Gow Mr McIntosh of McIntosh's Strathspey and Miss Smythe of Metheven

arr. McGibbon/Oswald Lady Dalziel's Reel

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