The English Concert is among the world’s finest chamber orchestras for Baroque and Classical repertoire. The ensemble presents an annual concert series at London’s major venues and festivals. Internationally, it tours in Europe, the United States, South America, Australia and the Middle East, and since is foundation by Trevor Pinnock in 1973 it has appeared on famous stages such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Musikverein, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, and the Grosse Festspielhaus Salzburg.
In 2007 Harry Bicket became its third Artistic Director, succeeding Andrew Manze. Highlights of the last few years include a first visit to the United Arab Emirates, tours to Germany, Austria, Spain and France, and a six-city tour of the USA with countertenor David Daniels. Recent and future seasons feature collaborations with recorder virtuoso Maurice Steger, tenor Mark Padmore, sopranos Carolyn Sampson, Rosemary Joshua and Anna Caterina Antonacci and mezzo-sopranos Alice Coote and Sarah Connolly. The ensemble also regularly works with guest directors, among them oboist Alfredo Bernardini, violinist Fabio Biondi, and harpsichordists Laurence Cummings, Kenneth Weiss, Rinaldo Alessandrini, and Christian Curnyn.The Enlgish Concert has more than 100 recordings to its credit. As steals the morn, a recording of Handel Scenes and Arias with Mark Padmore, won a 2008 BBC Music Magazine Award.