Handel’s London Rival: Choral Music by Giovanni Bononcini


19 June 2021

19 June 2021
SJE Arts Oxford
St John the Evangelist Church, 109A Iffley Road

Handel’s London Rival: Choral Music by Giovanni Bononcini at SJE Arts Oxford

About Handel’s London Rival: Choral Music by Giovanni Bononcini

The Choir of The Queen’s College and the Academy of Ancient Music join forces to explore the choral works of Giovanni Bononcini.

Bononcini was Handel’s main rival in London, and the pair were known as Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee by their contemporaries!

Given how glorious his works for choir and orchestra are, it is surprising that Bononcini has now fallen into obscurity.

They seek to remedy this state of affairs with a concert, and they’re thrilled that several of the works will receive their first performance in modern times.

Rowan Pierce soprano
Esther Brazil mezzo-soprano
Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano
Guy Cutting tenor
Giles Underwood bass

Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford
Academy of Ancient Music
Owen Rees director


Giovanni Bononcini:
When Saul was king over us
Ave maris stella
Laudate pueri
Te Deum in D

Good to know

The performance duration is 75 minutes and there will be no interval. All audience members must wear a face-covering unless they are exempt from doing so.


Tickets: £30/£20/£15/£5

Booking information

Seating will be arranged by household, with social distancing between households. There are four seating areas to choose from: Central Stalls (£30pp), Rear Stalls (£20pp), Side Aisles (£15pp – some seats in this area have a restricted view), and Behind the Stage (£5pp no view).

To book for a household of two people, in the Central Stalls for example, just add one ‘Central Stalls – Admits 2’ ticket (£60) to your basket.

Please only book tickets for your own household group. Tickets are available in households of up to four. If your household is larger than four, please add multiple household tickets to the same booking, in order to reach your required number of seats.

In order to comply with the requirements for ‘Track & Trace’, you will need to supply a phone number during checkout.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the concert, please do not attend, but contact the organisers to arrange a full refund.