Ludus Baroque

This article is from 2009.

Ludus Baroque

His fame these days may be mainly due to his commanding role as conductor of The Really Terrible Orchestra, but there is a much more serious side to Richard Neville-Towle’s pursuits with a baton. Having founded the baroque chamber orchestra, Ludus Baroque, 12 years ago, their annual Fringe performance of Bach’s B minor Mass tends to sell-out. With such popular demand, Neville-Towle couldn’t allow it not to happen again this year, but in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the death of Handel, Ludus Baroque will also perform his popular oratorio Alexander’s Feast.

The music of Handel, who was born in Germany, but settled in London and became a British citizen, can be heard throughout both the Fringe and EIF programmes this year. Alexander’s Feast dates from 1736 and it was an instant success, playing to full houses at Covent Garden night after night.

Soloist to watch out for is tenor Ed Lyon, who appears in Edinburgh fresh from Glyndebourne Opera. Having made quite a hit with Ludus Baroque as the Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio last year, Lyon’s return visit is a welcome one.

Canongate Kirk, 226 0000, Tue 11, 7.30pm, £15 (£12)

Alexander's Feast - Handel

Handel's sumptuous setting of Dryden's fantastical feast, with Sarah Tynan, Michael Chance, Ed Lyon and William Berger, 16-piece chorus and ravishing baroque band. Ludus Baroque - not to be missed.

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