New Horizones: the 2022 Festival

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Horizons are and always will be places of yearning, places that we fill with our hopes and expectations.This is why the Festival’s maiden voyage under new artistic direction is all about the spirit of discovery, the desire to embark on a new journey, the need to broaden our own horizons. And yet horizons are aware of safe harbours from which they can be seen, of traditions that never venture overboard because they offer security. Because of this we feel compelled to combine new ideas with the tried and tested. Ultimately, horizons simply and (very) poignantly symbolize moments of overwhelming beauty. They can affect us anywhere and unexpectedly – in a concert, for example. New Horizons, the Göttingen International Handel Festival 2022, is brimming with just these kinds of “moments made for our ears”. And we kindly welcome you to discover your own personal ones!

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göttingen händel competition 2022: the prizewinners

In the case of the göttingen händel competition, "New Horizons", the International Handel Festival 2022, definitely brings a novelty: for the first time in the history of the competition, two ensembles will share the first and the (also new) second prize: Duo Auxesis and Apollo's Cabinet will perform both the Prizewinners' concert on 18.5. in the St. Albani Church as well as the special Prizewinners' concert "Music and Space" on 19.5. in the St. Petri Church Landolfshausen. And: they will also perform both as part of FELIX! - Original. Sound. Cologne.

At least it shows, as an unintentional but nevertheless clear signal to the current world political situation: compromises in the interest of all are possible even with a clear balance of power. For a jury of seven would normally be condemned to unambiguous results purely by calculation.

Duo Auxesis also received the Audience Prize; Duo Sull'onde (photo: Frank Stefan Kimmel) won the Bärenreiter Urtext Prize in the form of a music voucher. Congratulations to all the winners - and fortunately that means all the ensembles in the final round!

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Hygiene rules

Please understand that New Horizons, the Göttingen Handel Festival 2022, will be held in accordance with the 3G rule – vaccinated, recovered or tested on the day! Please have the respective proof handy when entering the venue to ensure a speedy admission! Masks (minimum protection level FFP2 or equivalent) must be worn until you take your seat. We also strongly recommend to keep the masks on during the entire event.

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For the very first time, we aim to bring Handel’s music to the entire city and with events such as Good morning George!, the Lunch Concerts and Café George, perform it in unexpected locations. We are also endowing our göttinger händel competition with a new special prize for innovative concert programs tailored to new concert venues in the region. As a member of the European funding program EEEmerging+, we gaze into the future when we present the ensembles in Göttingen and Southern Lower Saxony that have been accepted into the funding program.

Of course, our luggage will include everything that has always characterized the Göttingen International Handel Festival and served as the basis for our programming: high-caliber concerts, outstanding artists such as Julia Lezhneva, Václav Luks and the NDR Vocal Ensemble, academics and professionals in dialogue, dramatic works and small-scale formats and, above all: George Frideric Handel and his music. 100 years following the premiere of Giulio Cesare at the Göttingen Handel Festival, the opera will be presented in a co-production with the Nederlandse Reisopera, directed and conducted by George Petrou.