Celebrate Handel’s birthday at the Foundling Museum with a concert by the Philharmonia Orchestra's MMSF fellows

Every year at the Foundling Museum we celebrate the birth of George Frideric Handel, one of the institution’s biggest supporters. Hear a short talk by Katharine Hogg, Handel Librarian, on Handel’s connection with the Foundling Hospital, followed by an hour of music by Ellie Blamires (flute), Patrick Bolton (bassoon), and Mark Rogers (piano) celebrating the works of Handel. Afterwards, visit the exhibition Handel’s Will: Love & Legacy to see some of the 15,000 items in the Gerald Coke Handel Collection.


Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (Eternal Source of Light Divine) HWV 74

Tornami a vagheggiar from Alcina HWV 34

As with Rosy Steps The Morn from Theodora HWV 68

Selections from The Harmonious Blacksmith, HWV 430

Sweet bird, that shun’st the noise of folly from L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato HWV 55

Pena Tiranna from Amadigi di Gaula HWV 11

Dal crudel che m’ha tradita from Tamerlano HWV 18

Sonata in G minor Op. 1 No. 2 HWV 360


The concert is free with Museum admission

For the last two years, the Foundling Museum has partnered with the Philharmonia Orchestra to provide monthly recital opportunities for their MMSF Instrumental Fellows. The scheme has been developed to equip musicians at the start of their careers with real-world performance experience, whilst inviting them to engage with our history and collections through their programming. The Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme (formerly the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund) has supported young musicians since 1968. Over the years, the programme has helped to prepare exceptionally talented instrumental students for a professional orchestral career. From mentoring with a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra to recital opportunities and training workshops, the Fellowship is an extensive programme that aims to develop emerging artists in a supportive and nurturing environment.