Saturday, 4th July, 2015, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP

Introduction from Murray Hipkin, Musical Director. (Please note that this concert has now taken place.)

We have chosen to round off a very busy and successful season with something a little different: a workshop and concert performance of Handel’s rarely staged work Acis and Galatea. I do hope that you will be able to join us either as a singer or a member of the audience for what promises to be a very special occasion.


Participants will sing alongside North London Chorus, under the direction of NLC Patron and Handel specialist Laurence Cummings, for a workshop, study day and rehearsal, culminating in a complete performance, with period orchestra and professional soloists, of Handel’s pastoral masterpiece. Laurence is one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance both as a conductor and a harpsichord player. I have worked with him many times at English National Opera and I am thrilled to have him on board and to be assisting him with this exciting project.


The event has been designed for amateur singers with some experience, many of whom are likely to be accustomed to Handel’s style through his better-known works and would relish the challenge of tackling something a little less familiar. There will be expert guidance on hand in a stimulating day’s workshop, led by Laurence. The emphasis will be on learning about performance practice and style and on polishing our performance for the evening concert.

Singers will be given links to download a specially edited score and rehearsal tracks to prepare in advance so on the day they are ready to take advantage of Laurence’s experienced direction.


The concert, performed in the intimate setting of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, will be in front of an audience. The chorus sings six remarkable numbers which frame the action in each of the work’s two parts, but they will also become part of the audience as the soloists enact the dramatic highs and lows of love and loss in a series of recitatives, arias and ensembles which are generally agreed to be among Handel's best. We will have the pleasure of welcoming a cast of experienced Handelians including Mary Nelson (Galatea), Nick Pritchard (Acis) and Edward Grint (Polyphemus). Specialist players from the Meridian Sinfonia will accompany on baroque instruments.

For more information, including directions to our ticketing site, where tickets can be purchased, please see the links below. Participants must purchase tickets in advance, at £25. Audience tickets at £12 (concessions £2 reduction) are available online and at the door.

With best wishes,

Murray Hipkin, Musical Director - North London Chorus