Julian Perkins gets a fizzing performance out of the Academy of Ancient Music
Julian Perkins is Artistic Director of Cambridge Handel Opera and Sounds Baroque. He has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms, directed the Academy of Ancient Music and featured as soloist in concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Florilegium and Orchestra of The Sixteen.full profile »
July sees the launch of Cambridge Handel Opera's Cantata-thon. This celebrates Handel's continuo cantatas with a series of concerts starring solo singers with Julian Perkins on the harpsichord. We start on July 2nd with a concert featuring mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston at the Jockey Club, and follow with an appearance for Cambridge Summer Music on July 28th with mezzo-soprano Thalie Knights. Julian will also be performing a chamber concert at the Lichfield Festival on July 10th with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a programme including music by Bach and Rameau, and will record solo videos on harpsichord and clavichord at Handel & Hendrix in London.
In other news, the new recording of John Eccles's Semele that Julian Perkins conducted with the Academy of Ancient Music and Cambridge Handel Opera continues to receive rave reviews. It was Record of the Week on BBC Radio 3, Recording of the Month in BBC Music Magazine, Disc of the Month in Opera and Editor's Choice in Gramophone. Praised as 'a scintillating triumph', Berta Joncus writes that 'Perkins directs from the harpsichord with a demonic intensity'.