love: Handel 2021

Our next love:Handel is scheduled for October 2023.

love:Handel 2021 took place on  9-10 October 2021, at The Chapel, Park Lane, Norwich. 

A virtual European tour
All roads lead to Handel – after the 18 months that we’ve all experienced, with live music-making and travel severely disrupted, what better way to mark the easing of restrictions than
love: Handel 2021 celebrating Handel, his musical friends and colleagues around Europe, and BSB’s own joy in performing together again. Sit back and relax as BSB takes you on a
virtual tour of Handel’s Europe (including many of the cities we’ve missed visiting) from the comfort of your seat, no passport required!

There are 5 chamber music concerts in this year's festival:

Saturday 9 October: 3pm and 7pm

Sunday 10 October: 11am (free family-friendly concert), 2.30pm and 5.30pm

Each concert costs £20 (free to U18s) or you can buy a pass for the whole festival for £60 

Saturday 9 October 3pm. Concert 1: Travels around Germany

The Brook Street Band celebrates a return to live music-making with the first concert in the love: Handel 2021 festival featuring gorgeous music by Handel, Bach and Telemann, with sumptuous trio sonatas composed in three of our favourite cities, Halle, Leipzig and Hamburg.

Lisete da Silva Bull (recorder/baroque flute), Rachel Harris (baroque violin), Tatty Theo (baroque cello), Carolyn Gibley (harpsichord)

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Saturday 9th October 7pm. Concert 2: A Day Trip to London

What could be more fitting for love: Handel 2021 than an entire concert dedicated to the great man’s chamber music. We are thrilled to be joined by special guest, oboist Joel Raymond, showcasing one of Handel’s favourite instruments, including one of his earliest works, written when still a teenager in Halle. We’ll travel to the vibrant music scene in Handel’s London, via Dresden, a city famed for its stunning violinists and opera stars.

Joel Raymond (baroque oboe), Rachel Harris & Kathryn Parry (baroque violins), Tatty Theo (baroque cello), Carolyn Gibley (harpsichord)

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Sunday 10 October 11am. Concert 3: Handel’s Musical Pleasure Gardens

Join the musicians of The Brook Street Band for a relaxed family-friendly concert for parents and carers, babies/toddlers/children of all ages with gorgeous baroque music by Handel and his musical colleagues, conjuring up the idyllic pastoral setting of Norwich’s hugely popular musical Pleasure Gardens.

Lisete da Silva Bull (recorders/baroque flute), Rachel Harris & Kathryn Parry (baroque violins), Tatty Theo (baroque cello), Carolyn Gibley (harpsichord)

Click here to book free tickets for this event (included in the Festival Pass)

Sunday 10 October 2.30pm. Concert 4: An East Anglian Staycation

Handel became naturalised as a British citizen in 1727, consolidating his immoveable position in British musical life, and making London and Brook Street his permanent home. We celebrate some of Handel’s music written for his beloved English audiences, alongside pieces by fellow English composers including Boyce and East Anglian star violinist Joseph Gibbs.

Rachel Harris & Kathryn Parry (baroque violins), Tatty Theo (baroque cello), Carolyn Gibley (harpsichord)

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Sunday 10 October 5.30pm. Concert 5: European City Breaks

Join The Brook Street Band for the love: Handel 2021 festival finale, with a trip to Paris and Venice, the splendid world of French courtly chamber music and a glimpse into the magic of Venice, city of Vivaldi and where Handel worked as a young man.

Lisete da Silva Bull (recorders/baroque flute), Rachel Harris & Kathryn Parry (baroque violins), Tatty Theo (baroque cello), Carolyn Gibley (harpsichord)

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If you are based in the South East you can join our masterclass and chamber music weekend, or simply come for the evening concert, taking place in Kent on 18-19 September, also part of love:Handel