Festival Orchestra Göttingen
At home in the world, united at the Festival
They hail from the world’s most renowned baroque orchestras: the musicians of the FestspielOrchester Göttingen. Every year in May, they gather together from over ten countries to form the exclusive orchestra of the Göttingen International Handel Festival.
Founded by Nicholas McGegan, a global friendship evolved that still stands sixteen years since the orchestra’s founding. Many of the original members continue to support “their” FestspielOrchester today and, together with promising young talents of baroque music, are forging the musical future of the Göttingen Handel Festival. To this day, a Festival opera is unimaginable without the FOG, as it is affectionately known. A kindred partner of Nicholas McGegan and Laurence Cummings in the oratorios and gala concerts, this outstanding orchestra has grown to become the hallmark of the Festival.
With twenty guest performances and sixteen CD productions, since 2013 in cooperation with NDR Kultur and the Accent label, the FestspielOrchester has left the musical fingerprint of the Handel Festival not only in Göttingen, but also around the world.
Since the very beginning, the orchestra has been praised by audiences and press alike, in particular for its great richness of colour and its light, bouncy, sensual sound. Its sheer brilliance, its infectious joy of playing and its vibrancy make this ensemble – since 2022 under the direction of George Petrou – unique.