Harry Bicket

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Harry Bicket (born 1961, Liverpool, England) is a British conductor, harpsichordist and organist. He is particularly associated with the baroque and classical repertoire.

Bicket was educated at Radley College, Christ Church, Oxford, where he was organ scholar, and the Royal College of Music. Before Oxford he was organ scholar at St George's Chapel, Windsor, and afterwards he was sub-organist at Westminster Abbey, during which time he performed at the wedding of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew.

As a conductor, Bicket became known when he stood in as a replacement to conduct Peter Sellars' production of Handel's opera Theodora with Dawn Upshaw, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and David Daniels, at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1996. In 2003, Bicket made his Covent Garden debut conducting Handel's Orlando with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE). In 2004, Bicket first guest-conducted at the Metropolitan Opera in a production of Rodelinda with Renée Fleming.

In October 2006, Bicket was named music director of The English Concert, and formally assumed the post in September 2007, his first orchestral directorship. He first worked with The English Concert as a harpsichordist in 1984. Bicket has conducted commercial recordings with The English Concert for harmonia mundi.

Bicket first guest-conducted at Santa Fe Opera (SFO) in 2004, in a production of Agrippina. He returned to SFO as conductor for subsequent productions of Platée (2007) and Radamisto (2008). In April 2013, SFO named Bicket its next chief conductor, effective 1 October 2013. Although the formal press release did not indicate a specific time length of Bicket's initial contract, SFO general director Charles MacKay stated an informal duration of 4–5 years.

In addition to recording with The English Concert, Bicket has conducted commercial recordings with other ensembles for various labels, including Decca, Avie, and EMI.

Bicket and his wife Audrey de Nazelle, an environmental scholar at Imperial College London, have a daughter, Amelia. The family reside in London.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Handel Arias George Frideric Handel; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Harry Bicket, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson 1
2007 Great Händel Georg Friedrich Händel; Ian Bostridge, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Harry Bicket 1
2010 Duets George Frideric Handel; The English Concert, Harry Bicket, Rosemary Joshua, Sarah Connolly 1
2011 Cantatas and Arias (The English Concert, feat. director: Harry Bicket; soprano: Elizabeth Watts) Johann Sebastian Bach; Elizabeth Watts, The English Concert, Harry Bicket 1

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