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Harry turns his hand to Handel

HE’S played Kevin the Teenager, Loadsamoney and Dave Nice (of Smashie and Nicey fame).

HE’S played Kevin the Teenager, Loadsamoney and Dave Nice (of Smashie and Nicey fame).

Now top comic Harry Enfield tells the Solihull News why he’s looking forward to adding a 18th century composer to his repertoire.

“My friend Ben [the artistic director] told me he was doing this thing celebrating 250 years of this great composer,” explains Harry.

“He said ‘we need someone to be Handel and they need to be pompous and rather full of themselves’ and they thought of me!”

The concert looks back at the composer’s life and the funnyman reckons it couldn’t be more topical.

“All this was planned months ago, but now the Royal Wedding’s been announced and of course Handel was such a friend of the kings and queens.

“Wouldn’t it be great if William and, what’s her name, Kate, came to the show - they’d love it! In fact, I dedicate this show to them, it’s what Handel would have done - if he wasn’t pushing up the daisies.”

An orchestra will perform some of the German’s most famous music - while Harry plays the ageing Handel.

“I don’t need prosthetics, that’s the problem these days. I play these old men and I look rather old myself!

“But this isn’t a send-up, it’s a biography - he looks back on his life and dies at the end. It’s optimistic though.”

While the show has been many months in the planning, there’s only two performances - one of which is at Birmingham Town Hall.

Harry’s also looking forward to coming back to the second-city, which he’s visited many times both for gigs and when recording the puppet show Spitting Image at Central TV.

“Every Saturday would be in Birmingham. Happy memories,” he says.

*Divine Music for Trumpets and Voices is at the Town Hall on December 4. For tickets call 0121 780 3333.

 

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