John Hancorn and Richard Wigmore continue their hugely successful series of choral workshops with one online and two live workshops in 2022. They explore Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Dixit Dominus in an online workshop on Saturday 22 January. Haydn’s Creation follows live in Lewes on Saturday 12 March, followed by Handel’s Four Coronation Anthems on Saturday 16 July, preceding the Baroque Collective Singers’ performance on Saturday 23 July as part of Lewes Baroquefest. Tickets now on sale. Full details here.
Schütz Christmas Story at Brighton Early Music Festival
John Hancorn conducted Heinrich Schütz’s The Christmas Story in BREMF@Christmas, , the Brighton Early Music Festival’s large-scale Christmas concert, on 18 December 2021 at St Martin’s Church in Brighton. The performance featured the BREMF Singers and Players with The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble.
Lewes Baroquefest 2021
John Hancorn is co-artistic director for Lewes Baroquefest 2021, featuring vocal and instrumental recitals by top international musicians and culminating in a performance of Handels’ Dixit Dominus with his Baroque Collective Singers. Full details here.
Sing & Discover Spring / Summer 2021 Series now on sale
John Hancorn and Richard Wigmore continue their successful series of online choral workshops with Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, starting on Saturday 20 March 2021. Full details here.
Sing & Discover with Richard Wigmore now ONLINE
Homelink Concert at Glyndebourne a huge success
John Hancorn was Artistic Director for Sussex charity Homelink’s Gala Concert at Glyndebourne on 17 November 2019. The concert was sold out and raised over £35,000 for the charity. John put together a brilliant showcase of local professional and amateur talent, including soprano Dame Felicity Lott, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Leggett, conductor Sian Edwards, recorder virtuoso Piers Adams, violinist Julia Bishop, the Lewes Prison Staff Choir, the Choir with No Name, and school and community groups.
Homelink Concert: artists confirmed
John Hancorn is artistic director for Homelink’s fundraising concert at Glyndebourne Opera House on Sunday 17 November 2019. Featured performers include Felicity Lott, soprano; Piers Adams, recorder; Sian Edwards, conductor; the Baroque Collective and Baroque Collective Singers; Lewes Sings Gospel; Lewes Youth Band; Chitone.
The event will be MC’d by Steve Coogan and Katie Derham.
Full details here.
BREMF Singers live-streamed across Europe
John Hancorn conducted the BREMF Singers and the BREMF Community Choir in a sold-out concert in Brighton celebrating European Early Music Day. Repertoire included extracts from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and the opening movement from Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the BREMF Players.
The concert was live-streamed across Europe.
Video here. Purcell at 1hr 5mins; Handel at 1hr 20mins
BREMF Peace in Europe review
John Hancorn directed the BREMF Singers and Players in a programme of music from Britain, France and the Holy Roman Empire as the finale of the Brighton Early Music Festival 2018.
‘The highest point of this beautifully balanced concert was Purcell’s deeply tragic ‘Dido’s Lament’. Charlston’s delivery was so tender and Hancorn responded by allowing plenty of time for the drama while avoiding self-indulgence.’
Early Music Today review of Handel: Il Trionfo
Early Music Today featured John Hancorn’s performance of Handel’s ‘Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno’ in their October 2018 edition. The performance featured soloists Susanna Macrae, Thalie Knights, Clara Kanter and Matus Simko with the Baroque Collective.
‘The performance as a whole was expertly steered through a variety of colours and moods by director John Hancorn and the evening reached a perfect finish in the final aria … bringing a wonderful performance to an emotional end.’