Learn about Handel's best librettist, Charles Jennens.

Charles Jennens was not only Handel’s best librettist, he was also a ground-breaking editor of Shakespeare’s plays, a Christian philanthropist, innovative patron of the arts and political outsider. This talk, delivered by writer and broadcaster Ruth Smith, leading expert on Handel’s oratorios and Jennens’ biographer, explores his personality and his principles, his aims and his achievements, illuminating his fertile, and sometimes fractious, collaboration with Handel.

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Ruth Smith’s book, Charles Jennens: the man behind Handel’s Messiahis now available to buy in the Museum shop.