Heroic Handel: A Virtual Concert

Saturday 18th July 2020, 7pm

Baroque music ensemble Eboracum Baroque and award-winning York Gin are teaming up to present ‘Heroic Handel’, a lockdown concert celebrating Handel’s music and the gin craze of his time. Recorded and filmed in isolation, Eboracum Baroque’s musicians from across the UK and Europe will bring virtuosic arias from Handel’s operas Rinaldo and Giulio Cesare to life, as well as characterful instrumental music, concluding with the magnificent Coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest. 

The group is delighted to be joined by its good friends York Gin, who will present a segment of the concert all about the gin mania of the 18th century (and some cocktail making too!). So dress up as if you were going to watch the concert live, grab a drink and enjoy Handel’s glorious music from the comfort of your own home. (SEE BELOW FOR AN EXCLUSIVE AUDIENCE OFFER) 

This concert is the culmination of a series of virtual concerts from the ensemble, featuring repertoire for solo instrumentalists and singers, as well as a ‘Spotlight’ series focussing on different instruments from the ensemble. As well as enjoying a unique performance, this is a chance to support young pro- fessional musicians in these uncertain times and help secure the future of Eboracum Baroque. It will enable the group to continue offering high-quality, engaging musical experiences including concerts, recordings and education workshops. 


Heroic Handel Programme

March from Rinaldo, HWV 7 

O The Pleasure of the Plains from Acis and Galatea, HWV 49 

Sibilar gli annui d’Aletto from Rinaldo, HWV 7 (featuring baritone, John Holland Avery) 

Sonata in B Minor, Op.2 No.1: Andante and Allegro, HWV 386 

V’adoro, pupille from Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 (featuring soprano, Charlotte Bowden) 

Recorder Sonata in F Major, HWV 369 

Zadok the Priest: Coronation Anthem for George II, HWV 258 


York Gin Exclusive Offer for this Concert

For FREE delivery (usually £6.70) use the code BAROQUE 

Visit the following link to purchase your gin to enjoy in the interval of our concert! 


Recommended choice: London Dry and Old Tom 


Eboracum Baroque

Is an ensemble of young professional singers and instrumentalists at the start of their classical music careers. The group was formed in 2012 by Chris Parsons at the University of York and the Royal College of Music and has performed all across the UK and Europe in prestigious venues and festivals including Senate House, Cambridge, The Temple Church, London and Chris- tuskirche, Hannover. As well as their concert performances, they have given fully staged perfor- mances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Handel’s Acis and Galatea. 

Whilst performing music from across the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the ensemble has a par- ticular specialism in English music from the 17th and 18th Century. In January 2015 Eboracum Baroque recorded their first CD which was funded by the National Trust and Arts Council England. The CD features forgotten music by the English Baroque composer Thomas Tudway (1650-1726), and was recorded at Wimpole Hall near Cambridge where Tudway worked from 1714-1726. It was de- scribed by The Guardian as “Stylish Choral Singing and playing.” They endeavour to champion for- gotten English composers from the period whilst still performing many famous works. Their 2nd CD ‘Sounds of Suffolk’ was released in November 2018 and features forgotten music from 18th century Suffolk including violin sonatas by Joseph Gibbs and music from Ickworth House. 


For further information, see www.eboracumbaroque.co.uk. 

This event will premiere on 18th July 2020:




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