London Handel Festival
Handel and the Foundling Hospital

Handel and the Foundling Hospital

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
18 Mar 2018
  • Music
King’s College London’s choir makes their Foundling Museum debut with a performance of Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem

11:30 & 15:00 | Tickets £20, £17.50 concessions & Foundling Friends (includes Museum admission)
11:30 showing tickets | 15:00 showing tickets

As part of the London Handel Festival, the Choir of King’s College London makes their debut at the Foundling Museum. They will perform a work that Handel wrote especially for the benefit of the Foundling Hospital in 1749, his Foundling Hospital Anthem, which he composed for a benefit concert to raise funds to build the hospital’s new chapel. Famously, rather than writing a wholly new work, Handel drew on several pre-existing pieces of music in this composition. Most of these are not particularly well known today, but one is – the piece ends with a reprise of the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’, lifted straight from the Messiah. The first performance of Handel’s Anthem was a great success, with moving and uplifting music that still holds ready appeal today. Please join us for this performance, and for our free talk at 2pm, ‘Handel and the Foundling Hospital’.

The Choir of King’s College London is one of the leading university choirs in England. The choir has existed in its present form since the building of the University’s chapel in 1864, and today consists of some thirty choral scholars reading a variety of subjects. The choir has a busy schedule of concert performances, radio broadcasts, recordings and tours. Highlights from the past year include the 2017 Epiphany Carols Service for Radio 3 and the UK premiere of Samuel Barber’s The Lovers with Britten Sinfonia at Kings Place (described in The Times as ‘sung beautifully, the voices judiciously blended’). Following some twenty years under the leadership of David Trendell, the choir has been directed since 2015 by Joseph Fort.

In partnership with London Handel Festival.

The Foundling Museum is a registered charity and all income from ticket sales supports our work