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Demons in the Bath: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

The second concert of our 'The Wilderness Pleases' season at Southbank
Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall £10 - £80 Book Tickets

HANDEL  Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

Bass, Trevor Eliot Bowes
Soprano, Zoë Brookshaw
Mezzo-soprano, Bethany Horak-Hallett (pictured)

‘The Wilderness Pleases’ is inspired by one of the many influential pieces of work to come out of the Enlightenment era; Shaftesbury’s ‘The Moralists.’

In the book, the main character Theocles describes the terror of encountering a group of crocodiles in an Egyptian desert. After escaping the monsters, he is overcome with a desire to admire them as wondrous creatures of the natural world. He says,

‘let us fly to the vast deserts of these parts […] ghastly and hideous as they appear they want not their peculiar beauties. Wilderness pleases.’

Delve into the darker side of the wilderness with ‘Demons in the Bath: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo’ on 23 January featuring bass Trevor Eliot Bowes and OAE Rising Stars alumni Zoë Brookshaw and Bethany Horak-Hallett.
Handel’s tragic tale is about two lovers who are being kept apart as servants by a villainous cyclops creature, with its thrilling and varied scoring, the music excites a sense of both determination and helplessness in confronting the natural world. As Handel’s music so often does, this concert challenges our understanding of order and fairness and delivers us to a supernatural world of poetic possibilities.