Handel House Museum
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Tue Jul 24 2012
The house that was Handel's home between 1723 and his death in 1759, where he composed his 'Messiah', 'Music for the Royal Fireworks' and several operas, is now a museum devoted to the composer's life and work, presented in the context of the London he knew. The refurbished 1720 interiors of Handel House Museum include furniture taken from the house after Handel's death. 23 Brook Street, the upper floors of which were home to rock legend Jimi Hendrix in 1968 and 1969, provides a space for changing exhibitions and events. The house was part of the same development as number 25 and has been restored accordingly. Music-inspired family activities, lectures and concerts are a regular feature on the programme of Handel House Museum. Talks take place on Saturday afternoons, on subjects including costumes, paintings, music and London in the eighteenth century.
Handel House Museum 23 & 25 Brook St (entrance in Lancashire Court)
What's on at Handel House Museum
Choir, Christmas music
- Critics' choice
Talented young vocal ensemble Cries of London offers a guided tour of lesser-known Christmas music, from Byrd’s verse-carols to Mexican guaracha, via mediaeval nowells and newly-written settings of well-loved texts. Cries of London: Alice Privett (soprano),...
Categories, Classical & Opera
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Things to do
You may be familiar with George Frideric Handel’s ‘Water Music’ and ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’– but his ‘Clock Music’? Strange as it sounds, in the 1730s, the prolific London-based German composer found time to answer a commission from horologist...