Was Handel the Bob Geldof of his day? Find out in this free online talk.
Who were the real beneficiaries of eighteenth-century benefit concerts? In this online talk, researcher Lizzy Buckle introduces her work with the Foundling Museum’s Gerald Coke Handel Collection.
13:00 | Free, online
In May 1750, London’s beau monde flocked to the Foundling Hospital for a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Although ostensibly organised for philanthropic causes, such occasions were also opportunities for performers to demonstrate their virtuosity, for patrons to exhibit their wealth, and for members of the burgeoning bourgeoisie to network.
By comparing eighteenth-century benefit concerts to modern-day charitable schemes, Buckle will identify the winners and losers of these events and ask, was Handel the Bob Geldof of his day? After the talk there will be a live Q&A.
Book a ticket using the link on this page. A Zoom link will be sent to ticket holders on the day providing access to the talk. Please note booking closes at 11:00 on 19 November.
Find out more about Lizzy Buckle’s PhD exploring concerts, commerce and charity in Georgian London.