Part of the BBC Proms. Based on Milton and miraculously composed within a month of Messiah (Prom 68), Handel's Samson opens with Israel's former champion blinded and imprisoned but ends in triumph as he topples the temple of Dagon down upon the feasting Philistines and, through his suicide, sets his people free. In the 250th anniversary of the composer's death, the hero's heartbreaking lament over his lost sight, 'Total eclipse! No sun, no moon, all dark amidst the blaze of noon!' - gains added poignancy from the knowledge that Handel himself would soon go blind. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket makes his Proms debut conducting a starry line-up of British singers, several making their second appearance this season. Approx finish time: 22:20Performers Susan Gritton (Dalila), Iestyn Davies (Micah), Mark Padmore (Samson), Neal Davies (Manoa), Christopher Purves (Harapha), Lucy Crowe (Israelite woman/Philsitine woman/Virgin), Ben Johnson (Israelite man/Philistine man/Messenger).
Company Choir of the English Concert. Company The New Company. Company English Concert. Conductor Harry Bicket.