Watford Philharmonic performs Handel at Watford Colosseum – Saturday 23rd April 2016 – 7.30pm
Conductor – Michael Cayton
Soprano Soloist – Mary Bevan
Tenor Soloist – Alexander Pidgen
Baritone Soloist – Božidar Smiljanić
Solo Harpist – Anneke Hodnett
Our Spring concert will feature Handel’s Alexander’s Feast. This lesser known work is full of drama and brilliantly written choruses. The work is based on Dryden’s Ode for St.Cecilia’s Day in which the main character, Timotheus, demonstrates the power of music by conjuring up different moods with his playing. It describes a banquet held by Alexander the Great and his mistress Thaïs in the captured Persian city of Persepolis, during which the musician Timotheus sings and plays his lyre, arousing various moods in Alexander until he is finally incited to burn the city down in revenge for his dead Greek soldiers.
When Alexander’s Feast was performed in Handel’s time, the action was interrupted at intervals throughout the work to incorporate three additional concertos, one for harp, one for strings and one for organ. So, to lend an additional degree of authenticity to our performance, without making it overly long, we will be incorporating just the Harp Concerto Op. 4 No. 6. This has three movements and lasts thirteen minutes.
The programme includes the more familiar Zadok the Priest, which was composed by Handel for the coronation of King George II in 1727 and has been sung during the anointing of the sovereign at every British coronation since.
Concert information is also available at Concert Diary.
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