Acis and Galatea Come To Sudbury

Acis and Galatea is one of Handel’s most memorable and popular English theatrical works, a dramatic and moving story of pastoral love between the shepherd Acis and the nymph Galatea, threatened and finally destroyed by the jealous monster Polyphemus.

We perform the rarely heard revised version of the work, as performed by Handel in London in 1739 and 1740 and in Dublin in 1742. The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus, written by Henry Purcell in 1695 for Shakespeare’s play Timon of Athens, is a delightful curtain-raiser.

‘Peter Holman, directing from the harpsichord, inspired a lithe and enjoyable performance’

The Observer

The Suffolk Villages Festival, based in ‘Constable Country’ on the Suffolk-Essex border, offers about ten concerts throughout the year, four at the Festival itself during the August bank holiday weekend and more in its Autumn & Spring Series, from November to May. The music offered ranges from the middle ages to the nineteenth century, sacred and secular, vocal and instrumental; semi-staged and concert performances of early operas are a regular feature.

The director of the Festival, musicologist-performer Peter Holman, plans concerts that mix familiar masterpieces such as Monteverdi’s Orfeo, J. S. Bach’s B minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation, with the unfamiliar, including Heinrich Biber’s monumental Missa Salisburgensis. The Festival has two resident ensembles, the chamber choir Psalmody and the period-instrument Essex Baroque Orchestra.

[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]Tickets: £18 & £12 (half-price to those in full-time education)

Box office via the National Centre for Early Music, 01904 651 485