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Milton Court Concert Hall
Silk St



George Frideric HandelMusic for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351
George Frideric HandelWater Music, HWV 348-350
George Frideric HandelSilete Venti, HWV 242


Laurence Cummings – Conductor
Lucy Crowe – soprano

Academy of Ancient Music

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Programme Note

Let's party like it’s 1749!

Music of pure celebration as Laurence Cummings and the Academy of Ancient Music ignite their 50th anniversary season with Handel’s Fireworks Music and Water Music

A royal court, a floating orchestra and a pyrotechnic display so dazzling that it brought London to a standstill. In early Georgian England, George Frideric Handel was the grand master of sonic pageantry, and his Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks are the sound of pure celebration: as fresh, as stirring and as gloriously tuneful now as they were three centuries ago.

But if you want to hear how Handel would actually have sounded back then: well, let’s just say that no period instrument orchestra has more of a history with these scores than the Academy of Ancient Music. Four decades ago, the AAM redefined the way we listen to Handel. Tonight, under the AAM’s ‘exhilarating’ (Evening Standard) music director Laurence Cummings, they’ll light up the sky all over again.

Academy of Ancient Music. Credit: David Johnson

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