Association of British Orchestras

London Handel Festival

Contact details

London Handel Society PO Box 76210 Ilminster London
The London Handel Orchestra, which is made up of some of London’s finest professional baroque players and is directed by Adrian Butterfield and Laurence Cummings, was formed in 1981 by Denys Darlow to perform at the annual London Handel Festival. It has gained an excellent reputation for historically-informed performance and contributed greatly to the revival of interest in Handel’s music over that period. The Orchestra performs throughout the Festival at venues including Handel’s church, St George’s, Hanover Square, the Royal College of Music and the Wigmore Hall. It also gives concerts at venues throughout the country outside the Festival period and has appeared at the Chelsea, Windsor, Tilford Bach, Three Choirs and Oslo Church Music Festivals and at the Barber Institute as well as for the opening of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in April 2002 in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Recordings include Handel’s Aminta e Fillide and The Triumph of Time and Truth (Hyperion) and the premiere of Handel’s opera Silla (Somm), conducted by Denys Darlow. The first recording of the 1732 version of the oratorio Esther, conducted by Laurence Cummings, appeared in December 2007 and was Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine; a live recording of Joshua was released in 2009. Recent appearances include performances of Handel’s La Resurrezione at the Wigmore Hall and Bach’s Magnifi cat and concerts in Canterbury and Colchester as well as Israel in Egypt for Grayshott Concerts.

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Bristol,
hosted by Bristol Beacon, from 24-26 January 2024.