John Finney

By September 15, 2014
John Finney

"Over the past 36 years I have had the privilege of performing as organist and harpsichordist under four of H+H’s artistic directors. Since 1990, I have worked side-by-side with three of them—Christopher Hogwood, Grant Llelwellyn, and Harry Christophers—as associate conductor and chorusmaster.

Of the many concerts I myself have conducted for the Handel and Haydn Society, a few stand out: certainly the Messiah performances in Symphony Hall in 1997 and 2004, the Millennium Concert at
Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross in 2000, and the concert in June 2014 at St. Paul’s, Cambridge, when the church was standing-room-only for two performances of works by J. S. Bach and his son C.P.E. Bach (including what might have been the modern premiere of C.P.E. Bach’s celebratory work extolling the virtues of the city of Hamburg, Spiega, Ammonia fortunata).

Handel and Haydn Society, I salute you on your 200th anniversary! You have brought glorious music to Boston and the world for two centuries; may the world continue to be blessed by your musical gifts for many centuries to come!"