Acis and Galatea

Saturday 21 June 2014, 6pm

At Canons: Back Where It Began

Saturday 21 June 2014, 6pm


Acis: Nick Pritchard
Galatea: Lucy Page
Damon: Simon Wall
Polyphemus: Edward Grint

Conductor: Laurence Cummings
Director: Martin Parr
La Nuova Musica
Chorus students of North London Collegiate and Harrow School


Handel composed Acis and Galatea in 1718 when he was living at Cannons (as it was spelt at the time), then the seat of the first Duke of Chandos. Tradition has it that this ever-popular, witty pastoral masque was first performed there that summer, on the terrace overlooking the gardens.

Nearly 300 years later, in the summer of 2014, Acis and Galatea is once more to be performed in the place where it was first written and seen. This unique, one-off event will take place on Saturday 21 June for a maximum audience of 325 people (so book early to be sure of a ticket).

The gardens at Canons will form the setting for a drinks reception before the performance, and for guests to enjoy a picnic supper afterwards. The opera itself will be put on in the North London Collegiate School’s comfortable, modern theatre, alongside the gardens.

We are exceptionally lucky that the top international baroque conductor, Laurence Cummings, will be in charge of the musical direction and will conduct. La Nuova Musica is providing the professional soloists and the orchestra, and the choruses will be sung by 6th-form pupils from North London Collegiate School and Harrow School. The performance will be staged by director, Martin Parr.


4.00pm onwards (for holders of afternoon tickets) - Now Sold Out
• Walk through the gardens and park to St Lawrence’s Church (where Handel played the organ)
• Guided tour of the church
• Exhibition in the Drummond Room on the history of Acis at Canons

6.00pm Drinks reception on the terrace (weather permitting - indoors, if not)

6.45pm Acis and Galatea, conducted by Laurence Cummings

8.15pm Picnic supper in the garden (or indoors in bad weather)

Additional music will be provided by NLCS and Harrow School during the evening.


North London Collegiate School
Canons Drive
Stanmore HA8 7RJ.

Parking will be available on site. Canons Park tube station, on the Jubilee Line, is a 10-minute walk away, through the park.


Summer garden party (with an optional 18th century twist)


Tickets for the Drinks Reception and Opera: £65

Afternoon Tickets: £10 (cannot be bought separately from opera tickets)

Picnic Hampers: £65 for two people, including a bottle of wine
Guests can bring their own picnics. Alternatively they can reserve pre-prepared luxury picnic hampers, equipped with all cutlery, crockery and glassware required. See below link for details of the 18th-century themed hamper menu.

Mini Marquees: £200
You can hire a furnished mini-marquee for your party if you want to picnic in greater comfort. These weatherproof 3m x 3m tents will be set up for you with tables, chairs, tablecloth and flowers. They fit up to 8 people round a 5-foot round table, or up to ten at a pinch. Larger parties can hire two mini marquees and link them. We have a total of 15 mini marquees available, so book early to be sure of getting one.

NB Deadline for booking Hampers and Mini Marquees: 10 May


Booking form
Hamper menu