This kind of festive, large-scale sacred music is a relatively rare phenomenon at the Handel Festival. Handel wrote few works for the Roman-Catholic Church. They include the rarely performed psalm setting Nisi Dominus, written in 1707 for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Here, the Halle composer seems to have made use of the festive sonority of similar psalm settings, such as could be heard in the main churches of Rome at the time. Another, equally festive occasion was behind Handel’s composition in 1713 in London of a jubilate to celebrate the Peace of Utrecht. No wonder that this was celebrated with grand musical pomp. Rounding out the concert programme is a psalm setting by the today little-known Venetian composer and contemporary of Handel’s, Diogenio Bigaglia. In 1739, Johann Adolph Scheibe had named him alongside Handel as one of the great masters. You will revel in this world of festive music by Handel and Bigaglias!