The Consort of Twelve celebrates its 40th anniversary

Chichester’s the Consort of Twelve is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with a season of three widely contrasting concerts.

It and the Portsmouth Baroque Choir will present Handel’s dramatic oratorio Israel in Egypt on 3 July during the Festival of Chichester, while on 11 September the Consort’s programme will largely recreate that of its first concert in the 1982 Chichester Festivities.

It opens its season on Sunday 15 May, at 3pm, in St John’s Chapel, Chichester, and it is absolutely delighted to welcome world-famous violinist Simon Standage as director. This will be his first appearance with the ensemble. His programme alternates between the virtuosic and engaging music of two contemporary Italian composer-priests, Vivaldi and Bonporti, and includes a Vivaldi concerto for 4 violins and a Vivaldi concerto for violin and cello.

Image credit: Michael Claxton

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