Handel was a brilliant keyboard performer and his compositions for harpsichord were as varied as they were surprising. In the second of three concerts celebrating the 275th anniversary of Handel’s Irish adventure, Philippe Grisvard performs a broad selection of pieces by Handel and his contemporaries, including Irish composer Thomas Roseingrave, as well as Friedrich Zachow and William Babell, whose works helped Handel to develop his style.

In recent years the Long Gallery – one of Ireland’s most magnificent rooms - has played host to some of the most memorable keyboard concerts at the Festival, and this concert, featuring some of Handel’s most celebrated pieces – including the exquisite Lascia ch’io pianga – promises to be no exception.

Since graduating from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Philippe Grisvard has established himself as one of the leading harpsichordists in Europe. In 2002 he joined La Cetra Barockorchester in Basel, performing under the direction of leading conductors such as René Jacobs and Jordi Savall. Now harpsichordist with Harmonie Universelle, he tours Europe and the US, while performing regularly with a range of other orchestras and ensembles, including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Le Poème Harmonique.