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Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
Media Release 12 November 2014

Handel’s Music for Royal Fireworks to be performed on period instruments by Orchestra of the 18th Century at the National Concert Hall

Specialists in eighteenth and early nineteenth century music, the renowned Orchestra of the 18th Century and Belfast born conductor Kenneth Montgomery OBE bring the music of John Field, Haydn, Mozart and Handel (including his Music for Royal Fireworks) to Irish audiences at the National Concert Hall on Saturday 29 November 2014.

For their National Concert Hall International Concert Series debut the orchestra will be joined by two extraordinarily talented soloists; Irish pianist Finghin Collins to perform Field’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on a period piano (an 1822 Broadwood) and Dutch mezzo-soprano Rosanne van Sandwijk.

In its structure and size, the Orchestra of the 18th Century resembles the luxurious ‘Classical’ orchestras of the period as we know them from London, Paris and Vienna. All the musicians are specialists in eighteenth and early nineteenth century music and play on period instruments or on contemporary copies. It is their intention to try to achieve the most authentic as possible performances of the masterpieces of the late baroque and classical era.

This year the orchestra remembered their founder Frans Brüggen, (who died last year aged 79) by completing its Frans Brüggen In Memoriam tour. ‘Brüggen’s inspiration will remain with us and lead us in the years to come”.

Brüggen (in his time the world’s most famous recorder player) founded the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century in 1981. Today it consists today of some fifty members from 23 different countries. Together they have earned international acclaim for their performances around the world not least for their wide-ranging repertoire recorded for Philips Classics and The Grand Tour/Glossa.
Notable recordings which have been produced so far include Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and music by a composer who Frans Brüggen has often returned to throughout his career, Jean-Philippe Rameau.

The National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series 2014/2015 is supported by The Irish Times as print media partner.

Haydn   Symphony No. 99 in E flat major (London Symphony)
Field      Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat major
Mozart Ch’io mi scordi di te? K505
Handel  Scherza Infida
Handel  Music for the Royal Fireworks

Tickets: €35, €45, €50, €60 (Choir Balcony €25)
National Concert Hall Box Office Tel: 01 417 00 00 or www.nch.ie
For further information please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.