A rebel with a cause

October 22, 2010

Set against the political turmoil and tensions between London and Edinburgh in the early 18th century, Rebellion! – Music of the Jacobite Rebellions by Handel, Geminiani & Avison was inspired by the discovery of a Charles Avison (1709-1770) manuscript of songs in tribute to the Jacobite Rebellions of 1715 and 1745. Siding with King George I, Handel had his own comments to make.  On A CD just released by Cavalier Classics, Robert Howarth directs The Avison Ensemble in this unique musical exploration of the causes north and south of the border.The programme can be heard live at St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh on October 30.
In strong contrast, at King’s Place, London Howarth recently committed to disc the Monteverdi Vespers with the Orchestra and Choir of the Enlightenment.  Following a successful European tour of the work earlier this year, this inaugural release on the OAE’s own label with be availble in Spring 2011.

Robert Howarth conducts a talented young cast in rare performances on Antonio de Almeida’s La Spinalba at The Guildhall School of Music , London on November 4, 6, 8 & 10. Listen to the podcast interview with the creative team here.