Handel: Alexander’s Feast (2CD)

Twice a year, some of the UK’s finest Baroque players and young vocal soloists come together in Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh to give sell-out concerts of great and lesser-known works by Bach and Handel.

The chorus, hand-picked by Will Dawes, comprises a sensational selection of singers from Britain’s finest early-music consorts, including the Monteverdi Choir, The Sixteen, Polyphony and the Gabrieli and King’s Consorts. These appearances are unmissable events in Edinburgh’s musical calendar. Now, for the first time, listeners from further afield can experience the celebrated verve of these performances; Handel’s 1736 setting of a dramatic poem by John Dryden is the perfect showpiece for the vitality and abandon of Ludus Baroque and their rising-star soloists.


 "Richard Neville-Towle gets beautifully crisp playing from his orchestra: the jolly numbers bounce along nicely but the sombre passages are given their due weight...The chorus sounds young, fresh and enthusiastic."


"This is a scintillating first commercial recording. The young soloists, Sophie Bevan, Ed Lyon and William Berger, are all first-rate"


"Energy and vigour are among the common properties radiated by the period instrument players and professional choristers of Richard Neville-Towle's Ludus Baroque...This exuberant performance, intensely focused in its second part, moves and inspires."

"Richard Neville-Towle gathers some of Britain's best new talents on this recording – Sophie Bevan, Ed Lyon and William Berger are on dazzling form and there is some superb singing from the chorus. "The many rend the skies with loud applause," they sing. And so they should."


"Vivacious youth leaps from this lively CD debut by Richard Neville-Towle’s group...The tenor Ed Lyons’s diction cuts through the resonant church acoustic: every word dances before us. The soprano Sophie Bevan needs a lighter touch, and the chorus greater clarity. But minor flaws fade before the sound of musicians bouncing with joy."

Recording venue(s): Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh
Recording dates: 26-29 August 2010
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 2
Number of tracks: 29
Total playing time: 1:22:26
Album ID: DCD34094