THE ENGLISH CONCERT
DAME SARAH CONNOLLY MEZZO SOPRANO
HARRY BICKET DIRECTOR
Generously supported by The Exeter & District Classical Music Trust
Under the artistic direction of Harry Bicket, The English Concert has earned a reputation for combining urgency, passion and fire with precision, delicacy and beauty. Their collaborative artistic partners reflect their pursuit for new ways to bring music to life. Joyce DiDonato, Dame Sarah Connolly, Iestyn Davies, and many more have brought their extraordinary skills to individual projects.
Needing no introduction, Dame Sarah Connolly has chosen to sing some of the best-loved arias from the Baroque period.
CONNOLLY’S VOICE RIVALS THAT OF JANET BAKER IN RICHNESS OF TONE” The Times
Orchestral excerpts from Dardanus
Arias from Médée
Arias from Orfeo
Excerpts from Water Music
Arias from Alcina, Theodora, Solomon, Giulio Cesare
Dame Sarah Patricia Connolly DBE (born 13 June 1963) is an English mezzo-soprano. Although best known for her baroque and classical roles, Connolly has a wide-ranging repertoire which has included works by Wagner as well as various 20th-century composers. She was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to music.
About the Two Moors Festival
The Two Moors Festival is unique: a nationally renowned rural music festival where people from all walks of life experience and enjoy extraordinary music performed by world-class artists, in stunning locations.
The Festival was borne out of the devastation caused by the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in 2001, which decimated the UK farming and tourism industries. John and Penny Adie, Devon locals, were inspired to help regenerate the local economy and bring light and encouragement to people’s lives by producing a week of stunning music-making on the ‘Two Moors’ of Exmoor and Dartmoor.
With help, support and encouragement from many generous city and country-based benefactors, Penny and the team continue to bring world-class artists to one of the most remote, beautiful – and culturally underserved – corners of England, so new and existing audiences can experience remarkable live music first hand.