Love Handels – Oz Clarke and Armonico Consort celebrate the music and words of love

The popular wine expert, broadcaster and former choral singer, Oz Clarke, is joining forces with Armonico Consort’s finest soloists and musicians in an evening devoted to some of the most beautiful music of Handel and the Baroque era at Malvern Theatres on Thursday 23 May.

Oz Clarke, courtesy of Keith Barnes Photography

Love Handels charts the heights and depths of love through glorious arias and duets of Baroque composers, from Purcell’s poignant and heartfelt aria Dido’s Lament (When I am laid in earth) to works by Vivaldi and Monteverdi as well as Handel.

The music is interspersed with poetry, letters and tales of love read by the inimitable Oz Clarke – himself a former choral singer and actor – to create an entrancing evening of musical delight.

Soloists Eloise Irving (soprano) and William Towers (countertenor) are joined by a hand-picked quartet of Armonico Consort’s top professional instrumentalists together with Artistic Director Christopher Monks.

Wine writer and broadcaster Oz Clarke was a professional singer for many years, starting at Canterbury, continuing with the Schola Cantorum, and then with the renowned Monteverdi Choir and the Academy of St Martin’s. Also a successful actor, he appeared on the West End stage as Sweeney Todd, played one of the first criminals to be apprehended by Superman in the 1978 film, and toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

This isn’t the first time that Oz Clarke and Armonico Consort have worked together: their hugely popular evening Oz and Armonico Drink to Music has played at festivals and concert halls across the country.

Love Handels with Oz Clarke and Armonico Consort is at Malvern Theatres on Thursday 23 May, 7.30pm. Tickets from 01684 892277 or www.malvern-theatres.co.uk or visit www.armonico.org.uk.

Photocaption: Armonico Consort, courtesy of Andy Gray.