14:00 | Free but booking essential
George Frideric Handel was the most famous composer of his time in London, but he was also a generous philanthropist. Handel quickly became invaluable to the Foundling Hospital’s fundraising efforts, with the annual benefit concert of his Messiah becoming an important event, with him conducting or attending every performance. On his death, he left a fair copy of the score and orchestral parts of the Messiah to the Hospital in his will, so that the charity could continue to benefit from the concerts after his death.
In this talk, Katharine Hogg, Librarian of the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, outlines his relationship with the Foundling Hospital which launched the success of his most famous oratorio, Messiah.
Sun 18-03-18 @ 14:00