Online | Handel & the Foundling Hospital

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23 Feb 2021 — 31 Dec 2021
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Find out how this famous composer supported the Foundling Hospital in his lifetime and beyond, with benefit concerts and a valuable legacy.

Handel’s Messiah is now part of British culture and tradition, and performed across the world, but until its performances at the Foundling Hospital it was hardly known. In this online talk Katharine Hogg, Librarian of the Gerald Coke Handel Collection here at the Museum, charts Handel’s early support of the Hospital, from his first benefit concert in 1749 with the specially composed Anthem for the Foundling Hospital. Handel’s benefit concerts continued with annual performances of Messiah, which established a link between this oratorio and charitable benefits which continues today. In his Will the composer left a score and parts of Messiah to the Foundling Hospital, so that the concerts might continue after his death, and these manuscripts are still preserved at the Museum.

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