John Faber the Younger, Portrait of Handel, 1749 © Gerald Coke Handel Foundation

Podcast | Performing Handel’s Music in 2020

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
17 Dec 2020 — 31 May 2021
  • Music
Listen to a podcast from the Director of the London Handel Festival on performing Handel’s music in 2020.

Samir Savant, Director of the London Handel Festival, talks to the Museum’s events programmer Katy Hamilton about the challenges – and unexpected silver linings – of performing Handel’s music in 2020, through lockdown and beyond. The Museum has worked closely with the Festival for many years, hosting events and organising displays and exhibitions about Handel and his contemporaries.

You can find out more about the London Handel Festival by visiting their website. Their YouTube channel, which features the December 2020 performance of Messiah that Samir describes in the interview, can be seen here.

Handel’s The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba is performed by © Advent Chamber Orchestra.

Find out more

If you are interested in finding out more about Handel discover our Gerald Coke Handel Collection, or visit the Museum’s Handel Gallery during opening hours to learn about the composer’s involvement with the Foundling Hospital.

This Bachtrack article written by our Gerald Coke Handel Collection Library, Katharine Hogg, lists the top ten Handel places to visit in London.

Was Handel the Bob Geldof of his day? Find out the answer to this and more in this online talk by researcher Lizzie Buckle who has been working closely with the Museum.

In the 300th anniversary year of the coronation of George I, the first Hanoverian king, this fascinating exhibition at the Museum in 2014 explored Handel and his music for royal occasions, drawing on the Gerald Coke Handel Collection. Download the exhibition guide and more.