Platinum Consort, described by BBC Radio 3 as a ‘vocal supergroup’, comes to St John’s Smith Square to present Handel’s most beloved masterpiece, Messiah. This performance, under the direction of Scott Inglis-Kidger, will uniquely combine Platinum’s top class professional consort singers with their own boy choristers, recreating the sound-world of the first performances in Dublin and London. Performing with The Hanover Band, one of Britain’s finest period instrument orchestras, and with soloists stepping out from the choir, this performance will prove to be the Messiah of the season.
St John, Smith Square, Westminster (1714-28) by Thomas Archer
“Strings are gleaming and engaged, their woodwind sublime, their brass bright and flexible, their percussion alert….”
“Pristine tonal balance and pure tuning … intimate music-making … sensitively sung … vigorously projected”
“The alchemical symbol for platinum is a union of silver and gold and that is the quality of the Consort’s singing, naturally bright even in solemn context, but richly toned and weighty where required.”
“This is singing that brings great pleasure.”
20 November 2021
St John's Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA, UK View map
Huge thanks to the wonderful @TheHanoverBand & soloists @PhilippaHyde1 @timmorganCT @PeteDavTenor @simonthetenor @ehcwp & Alex Ashworth for our Bach St John Passion tour at @ChiCathedral @KingsPlace & @StNicsArundel Happy Easter to you all!
HANOVER(Not Hannover; Germany) In terms of British history the majority of the music we play is from the Hanoverian period. Hanover also refers to Hanover Square in London, where Haydn performed his symphonies and arias in the Salomon Concerts in the 1790’s.
BAND(ref: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians)
‘An instrumental ensemble, larger than a chamber ensemble. Thus the ’24 violins’ of Louis XIV were called ‘la grande bande’ to distinguish them from Lully’s ‘petits violons’, and Charles II’s similar ensemble was known as ‘the King’s Band’. By extension, ‘band’ came to mean an orchestra in colloquial British usage’.
THE HANOVER BAND a period name for a period orchestra.