Conductor Richard Egarr Leads Juilliard415 and The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys in Their First Collaboration Featuring Works by Handel and Purcell on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Saint Thomas Church in NYC

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Monday, January 6, 2014

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Richard Egarr
Richard Egarr
John Scott
John Scott
Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
Juilliard415 (Photo by Nan Melville)
Juilliard415 (Photo by Nan Melville)


Juilliard Historical Performance Visiting Artist, conductor Richard Egarr, leads Juilliard415 and the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys in their first collaboration in works by Handel and Purcell on Thursday, January 30 at 7:30 PM at Saint Thomas Church (1 West 53rd Street at Fifth Avenue, NYC). The program features two Coronation Anthems by Handel: Zadok the Priest and The King Shall Rejoice, and Water Music, Suite No. 2 in D Major: Alla Hornpipe, HWV 349; and Purcell’s Hail! Bright Cecilia, Z.328. John Scott, director of the St. Thomas Choir and organist, will also conduct.

Tickets at $75 (Prime), $55 (Preferred), $40 (Standard), and $30 (Student/Senior) are available at www.saintthomaschurch.org/music/concerts. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/springhistorical.

George Frideric Handel wrote four coronation anthems between September and October 1727: Zadok the Priest; Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened; The King Shall Rejoice; and My Heart Is Inditing. Zadok the Priest is the most famous of his anthems and was composed for King George II of England in 1727 and has been performed at every coronation since then.

Handel’s Water Music was written for King George I of Britain in 1717 and was first performed on a barge on the River Thames. The King enjoyed the music so much that he made the musicians perform the work three times before the river cruise ended. The collection of three suites exemplifies Baroque orchestration.

In 1692, a group of musicians began a British celebration for St. Cecilia’s Day on November 22. Performing in the festivities were singers from Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Chapel Royal, with musicians from the King’s band and from London theaters. Henry Purcell composed two odes for these celebrations – Welcome All the Pleasures (1683) and Hail! Bright Cecilia (1692). The work is for a large instrumental ensemble and singers and is about 40 minutes.

About Richard Egarr

Juilliard Historical Performance Visiting Artist Richard Egarr has been music director of the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) since 2006 and renewed his contract to 2017. In September 2012, AAM began a new relationship as associate ensemble at the Barbican Centre in London. Mr. Egarr was recently appointed principal guest conductor of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague, having regularly guest conducted the orchestra in recent years. Mr. Egarr has a flourishing career as guest conductor with orchestras ranging from The Philadelphia Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic to the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston. As a keyboardist, he continues to play recitals across the world. His discography includes the Goldberg Variations and Well-Tempered Clavier, Mozart fantasias and rondos, and the complete harpsichord works of Louis Couperin, also many award-winning recordings with violinist Andrew Manze. His growing list of recordings directing the AAM include seven Handel discs (2007 Gramophone Award, 2009 MIDEM and Edison awards) and the complete Brandenburgs, and most recently a world premiere recording of anthems by the 17th-century English composer Christopher Gibbons.

About John Scott

Organist and director of music since 2004, John Scott has an international reputation as an organist and choir trainer. After his initial musical training as a cathedral chorister in Wakefield, Yorkshire, Dr. Scott became an organ scholar of St. John’s College, Cambridge. While still a student, he made his Royal Albert Hall debut as the youngest organ soloist to appear in the Proms. Upon leaving Cambridge, Dr. Scott was jointly appointed assistant organist at London’s two Anglican cathedrals, St. Paul’s and Southwark. He subsequently became sub-organist of St. Paul’s and served as director of music there for 14 years before joining Saint Thomas Church as music director. In 1998, he was nominated international performer of the year by the New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Before embarking for his new post in New York, he was awarded the title Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO), a personal honor from Queen Elizabeth II. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Nashotah House Seminary in 2008.

About the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys is considered by major critics the outstanding choral ensemble of the Anglican musical tradition in the United States today. Besides offering a full concert series each year, the choir of 16 men and three dozen boys sings at five weekly principal worship services, preparing an astounding 400 pieces of sacred music a year. The men of the choir are professional singers; the boys attend Saint Thomas Choir School, the only church-related residential choir school in the United States, and one of only a few similar schools remaining in the world. The choir has been directed since 2004 by John Scott, formerly organist and director of music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

About Juilliard415

Since its founding in 2009, Juilliard415, the School’s principal period-instrument ensemble, has received critical praise for its performances of both rare and canonical works of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ensemble, which takes its name from the pitch commonly accepted for the performance of Baroque music (A=415), performs a wide range of repertoire in a number of different guises. Depending on the repertoire, the ensemble performs with as few as four or five players for intimate chamber music programs, to as many as 30 for major cornerstones of the repertoire, most often directed by distinguished resident and guest artists.

Juilliard415 has performed with distinguished musicians such as William Christie, Ton Koopman, Harry Bicket (in a fully-staged production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea), Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, and Monica Huggett. In April 2011, the ensemble was engaged to accompany David Daniels and Dorothea Röschmann in a concert of Handel arias and duets at Carnegie Hall. Members of Juilliard415 have twice been featured as in-studio guests on WQXR-FM, New York Public Radio, and have participated with musicians from Les Arts Florissants and the Jardin des voix in Dans les jardin de William Christie, his summer festival in Thiré, France.

Touring has become an important component of Juilliard415’s profile. In a collaborative concert with Juilliard Baroque, the ensemble traveled to Spain for a sold-out performance of the complete “Brandenburg” Concertos at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. In 2011, Juilliard415 performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour in Italy in a joint concert project with Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music led by Masaaki Suzuki. This past season, the ensemble teamed up again with Yale and Maestro Suzuki for Bach’s B-Minor Mass, with performances in New York, New Haven, the Virginia Arts Festival, and on tour in Tokyo, Kyoto, Sendai, and Singapore.

During the 2012-13 school year, Juilliard415 also performed Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with William Christie (named as one of the 10 best of the season by the New York Times), an all-Mozart program with fortepiano specialist Christoph Hammer in his Juilliard debut, an all-Rameau concert with Robert Mealy, and a performance of early German orchestral works with Jordi Savall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center, among many other engagements.

The 2013-14 season brings return visits from William Christie for Charpentier’s Actéon, Jordi Savall for a program of suites by Robert Johnson, Henry Purcell, and Matthew Locke, Nicholas McGegan in a program of music from the courts of Dresden and Berlin, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 with Monica Huggett, and Richard Egarr in his Juilliard debut conducting Handel and Purcell. A centerpiece of Juilliard415’s programming in 2013-14 includes the rare opportunity to hear both Bach Passions in successive months, as well as a fully staged production of Handel’s Radamisto. Along with performances in New York, the ensemble will be presented by the Miami Bach Society and the Virginia Arts Festival.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014, 7:30 PM

Saint Thomas Church (1 West 53rd Street at Fifth Avenue, NYC)

Richard Egarr and John Scott, conductors


Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Tickets at $75 (Prime), $55 (Preferred), $40 (Standard), and $30 (Student/Senior) are available at www.saintthomaschurch.org/music/concerts. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/springhistorical.



Henry PURCELL                Hail! Bright Cecilia, Z.328

G.F. HANDEL                      Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest, HWV 258

                  Water Music, Suite No. 2 in D Major: Alla Hornpipe, HWV 349

                  Coronation Anthem: The King Shall Rejoice, HWV 260