A Celebration of Saint Columba
with Alexander’s Feast by Georg Friedrich Handel
Alexander’s Feast is best summed up by its other title, The Power of Music. The text is by John Dryden but was adapted by Handel’s friend, the Northern Irish librettist Newburgh Hamilton (1691-1761), who was originally from county Tyrone.
Alexander’s Feast is Handel’s enduring tribute to music’s magical ability to “raise a mortal to the skies” and “draw an angel down” and, therefore, it’s the perfect choice to open the residency of Le Foyer des Artistes at St Columb’s Hall, bringing together some of the world’s best musicians and artists for this performance played with period baroque instruments, led by concertmaster, Bojan Čičić.