New Worlds | The Enchanted Forest

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New Worlds | The Enchanted Forest

Handel weaves spells, Rameau dances with gods, and Francesco Geminiani creates a whole enchanted forest on this magical history tour with Laurence Cummings and the Academy of Ancient Music.

Flying horses, seductive witches and aerial ballets for goddesses, Graces and the very elements themselves. Welcome to baroque theatre – where storylines were fantastic, effects were spectacular and composers like Handel and Rameau became conjurors, summoning entire supernatural worlds of magic and illusion.

Hear the sorceress Alcina bewitch the heroic Ruggiero, while dreams come to life and dance in Rameau’s Dardanus. And then plunge deep into The Enchanted Forest of Francesco Geminiani – an extraordinary pantomime-ballet, created in Paris 1754, that uses a super-sized orchestra (and a supercharged imagination) to tell a tale of knights, wizards and monsters. An evening of words and truly enchanted music: surrender to its spell…

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Josette Simon OBE has had to withdraw as narrator for these performances. We are grateful to Zoë Waites for stepping in to replace her.

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Zoë Waites
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Laurence Cummings
Concert details
Handel Overture & Dances from Alcina
Rameau Suite from Dardanus
Geminiani The Enchanted Forest
Zoë Waites narrator
Nick Harrison narrations (author)
Academy of Ancient Music
Laurence Cummings director & harpsichord
Concert dates
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Wednesday, 27 October 2021 | 7.30pm
Tickets: £5.00 – £37.50
Box office: 01223 357851
Milton Court Concert Hall, London
Thursday, 28 October 2021 | 7.30pm
Tickets: £5.00 – £35.00
Box office: 020 7638 8891
Live stream, London
Thursday, 28 October 2021 | 7.30pm
Tickets: individual ticket: £12.50; season pass: £50.00