London Handel Players with Baroque Dancers Mary Collins and Steve Player
CIT Cork School of Music
Thu 8 October 2015 - 8:00 pm
€20 (no concessions) / €15 (COS members) / €5 (Students)Free entry for children under 18 when accompanied by a paying adult
Led by Adrian Butterfield, the Baroque ensemble that recently sold out Carnegie Hall present ‘Dances fit for a King’, a celebration of Baroque dance, on the 300th anniversary of the death of Louis XIV.
Mary Collins, dancer
Steve Player, dancer
Adrian Butterfield, violin/director
Clare Salaman, violin
Rachel Byrt, viola
Nicola Cleary, viola
Kath Sharman, cello
Laurence Cummings, harpsichord
In association with the East Cork Early Music Festival
Since making their debut as part of the London Handel Festival in 2000, the London Handel Players have thrilled audiences around the world with their performances and recordings. They perform regularly at Wigmore Hall in London and appear at many of the leading festivals in the UK, Europe, and North America, performing Baroque chamber music and concertos, as well as collaborating with the world’s greatest singers.
The members of the group also pursue busy solo, directing, and conducting careers, work with many of the major early-instrument ensembles in the UK and abroad; they are also professors at the conservatories in London. They bring together a wealth of recording experience, and their four Handel recordings of the Op. 2 and Op. 5 trio sonatas, the complete violin sonatas, and a collection entitled Handel at Home-all for SOMM Recordings-have been highly acclaimed. A double CD of the complete Op. 1 sonatas of Francesco Geminiani was released in December 2012. They also appear frequently on BBC Radio 3.
In addition to touring extensively in the UK and Europe, the London Handel Players have performed across Canada and the US, making their debut at The Frick Collection in New York in 2012. Recent months have seen appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Christ Church Spitalfields Venue, Gregynog Hall, London Handel Festival, Tilford Bach Festival, East Cork Early Music Festival, Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, Kings Lynn Festival, Stratford Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, and Stour Music Festival. Future plans include a debut at the Handel Festival in Halle, Germany.