Harry Bicket


Internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire and in 2007 became Artistic Director of The English Concert, one of the UK’s finest period orchestras. He became Chief Conductor of Santa Fe Opera in 2013 and opened the 2014 season with a critically-acclaimed Fidelio. Born in Liverpool, he studied at the Royal College of Music and Oxford University and is an accomplished harpsichordist.

Plans for the 2016/17 season include his first Carmen with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Alcina with Santa Fe Opera. Symphonic work includes visits to Cleveland Orchestra including Rameau’s Suite from Les Boréades, and a visit to the Cincinnati May Festival with Bach’s B Minor Mass. Plans with The English Concert include UK and international touring within Europe, United States (Handel’s Ariodante featuring Joyce DiDonato, including Carnegie Hall) and the Far East (Wuhan, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong).

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Barber Institute of Fine Arts, BIRMINGHAM

Baroque Masters:

Purcell - Suite from King Arthur
Corelli - Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No.10
Telemann - Viola Concerto
Vivaldi - Concerto for Strings in G minor
Handel - Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 6
Bach - Orchestral Suite No.3

Alfonso Leal del Ojo, viola
The English Concert

Bath Abbey, BATH

Mozart - Divertimento in D major
Mozart - Al destin (Mitridate)
Mozart - Ruhe sanft (Zaide)
Mozart - Ah, se il crudel (Lucio Silla)
- Interval -
Mozart - Et incarnatus
Mozart - Violin Concerto A major No5 K219
Mozart - Exultate Jubilate

The English Concert
Lucy Crowe
Nadja Zwiener

Malvern Theatres, MALVERN

Purcell - Suite from Faerie Queene incorporating songs and dances from the Masque, as well as other settings of Shakespeare, including:

Morley's "It was a lover and his lass", O mistress mine (anon) and Robert Johnson's "Where the bee sucks" , Handel - Overture Giulio Cesare arias from Giulio Cesare Presti omai, Cara speme, Non e si vago e bello L'angue offesa, Aure, deh, per pieta L'aure che spira, Caro, bella

The English Concert
Mary Bevan
Tim Mead

Wigmore Hall, LONDON

Purcell - Suite from King Arthur
Corelli - Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No.10
Telemann - Viola Concerto
Vivaldi - Concerto for Strings in G minor
Handel - Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 6
Bach - Orchestral Suite No.3

The English Concert

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The English Concert

Created by Trevor Pinnock in 1973, The English Concert chose Harry Bicket to be its Artistic Director in 2007, and he has since led the orchestra in tours to Europe, the USA and the Middle East. In the 2016-17 season they will give performances in the UK, within Europe, in the United States (Handel’s Ariodante featuring Joyce DiDonato, including Carnegie Hall) and the Far East (Wuhan, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong).

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Santa Fe Opera

In October 2013, Harry was appointed Chief Conductor of Santa Fe Opera. In Summer 2014 he conducted Fidelio - his first production at the helm of the company - to wide critical acclaim. In Summer 2017 he will conduct Alcina at the opera.

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Barbican Centre

'... Harry Bicket’s daringly slow but impeccably judged accompaniment. Both conducting and playing were first-rate throughout' 
Barry Millington, 02 March 2016, Evening Standard



Birmingham Town Hall


'It was performed exquisitely by Harry Bicket, the English Concert and a quintet of singers that it would be hard to surpass.'

'How Handel uses the orchestra to convey his characters’ innermost feelings becomes even clearer in concert, especially when played with the cleanly etched lines, supple grace and invigorating energy of the English Concert, directed from the harpsichord by Bicket.'

Rebecca Franks, The Times 01 March 2016

The English Concert: 09/12/2015

Christ Church Spitalfields

'Under Bicket’s skilled direction, the players of the English Concert made delectable sounds in bringing this intricate score – full of ingenuity and charm – back to life.' George Hall, 10 December 2015, The Guardian ****


Santa Fe Opera's Triumphant Fidelio

Santa Fe Opera

"From the moment the Santa Fe Opera house lights dimmed, with a hint of sunlight still lingering above the surrounding hills, it was impossible not to be caught up in the drama of Fidelio... Harry Bicket led, firmly and freely, the Santa Fe Opera orchestra and singers" Rafael de Acha, Seen and Heard



Canadian Opera Company

"Under Harry Bicket’s superb conducting, Handel’s score becomes less a series of fussy arias and recitatives than a fully realized cohesive drama, and a fully felt exploration of the human condition as experienced through war" Bachtrack, Catherine Kustanczy, 07 April 2014

HANDEL 'Theodora'

The English Concert Tour


You certainly couldn’t have asked for a more inspired performance than the one given on Sunday, with Harry Bicket conducting the spirited English Concert and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street.

The New York Times, February 2014

I wonder whether the English Concert has ever sounded better than it does now under Bicket.

Los Angeles Times, January 2014
Maestro Bicket consistently adopted tempi that were inherently right for the music and for the singers.  (…) he displayed a natural affinity for collaboration with vocalists, and his shaping of scenes disclosed a deep understanding of Händel’s dramatic structures, which are crafted with as sure a hand as in any of the composer’s operas. Voix des Arts, January 2014
This was a high-quality performance on all counts. Bicket is not just a brisk, non-interventionist Baroque conductor. He searched out colour and expression in the inner parts, drawing a wealth of rich playing from the English Concert, and kept the music underpinned with a sturdy rhythmic impetus. Financial Times, February 2014

Flawless and uplifting.

The Independent, February 2014
Much of the time, my ear was seized by the wonderful playing in the orchestra. Conductor Harry Bicket and the players of the English Concert found a special tone for the piece, a kind of husky harshness, especially noticeable during the wonderful “dungeon” arias in the second act. The Telegraph, February 2014



Metropolitan Opera, NYC

Mr. Bicket draws a lithe, lyrical and stylish performance of this great score from the Met orchestra, reduced in numbers and complemented by a Baroque continuo group.

Anthony Tommasini, NY Times
Under the baton of Harry Bicket, the musical realization, all four-and-a-half hours of it, is superb.... The MET orchestra has finally found its Baroque chops....         











Judith Malafronte, The Classical Review



Metropolitan Opera, NYC

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra played splendidly under Harry Bicket’s alert leadership. Their crowning moment was surely the soulful echoes and plaints that wove their way through Bertarido’s Con rauco mormorio, with Handel in his most inspired pastoral mode. Classical Review
To a remarkable degree, Mr Bicket has the MET orchestra sounding like a period band, scrubbed free of most vibrato. New York Times