Handel House Museum

Handel House Museum
25 Brook Street
Mayfair
London
Greater London
W1K 4HB
England

Website

www.handelhouse.org

E-mail

mail@handelhouse.org

Telephone

Information

020 7495 1685

Fax

020 7495 1759

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Handel House Museum
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Handel House Museum at 25 Brook Street, London was home to the great baroque composer George Frideric Handel. He lived here from 1723 until his death in 1759, and composed some of the greatest music in history, including 'Messiah', 'Zadok the Priest' and 'Music for the Royal Fireworks'. Handel House is brought to life with regular live music, exhibitions and talks.

Incidentally 23 Brook Street, now part of the museum, was home to rock legend Jimi Hendrix from 1968-69. A blue plaque commemorate his time there.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm (8pm on Thursday), Sunday 12pm-6pm. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Closed on Mondays and Bank Holidays

Admission charges

£6.50 Adults, £5.50 Concessions, £2.00 Children (5-16 years). Children free entry on Saturdays and Sundays.

Discounts

  • National Trust
Getting there

Entrance to the museum is round the back of 25 Brook Street in Lancashire Court.
Nearest tube stations are Bond Street and Oxford Circus and there are numerous buses to Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street.

Portraits of Handel and his contemporaries, early Georgian furniture, musical instruments, manuscripts.

Collection details

Fine Art, Music, Performing Arts

Key artists and exhibits

  • Hudson, Mercier, Nazari
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of handel house museum

She Was Despiséd: Handel and Susannah Cibber

  • 26 February — 28 September 2014 *on now

From a promising start as a singer in a small opera company, Cibber’s career and social standing were fatally blighted by the scandalous trial in which her husband Theophilus accused her of adultery. Unable to appear on the London stage, she fled to Dublin. It was here that she was chosen by Handel to sing in the first performance of Messiah in 1742, giving a moving performance of the aria ‘He was despiséd’.

From her performance in the London premiere of Messiah a year later her career blossomed once again. She became one of the most significant actresses of the 18th century, and for many years was David Garrick’s leading lady.

The exhibition will tell Susannah’s fascinating, dramatic and moving life story, through exhibits, contemporary texts, music and a programme of related events.

Exhibition Talks are delivered by volunteers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge. Talks will last between 15-20 minutes and will take place on Saturday 29 March and Saturday 26 April.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6.50 adults
£5.50 concessions
£2.00 children (5-16 years). Children FREE ENTRY on Saturdays and Sundays.

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/exhibitions/susannah-cibber

Handel House

A Year in the Life of Handel: 1738

  • 1 October 2014 — 4 January 2015

It was a year of varying fortunes for Handel – the Italian opera was failing and he was turning increasingly to the new form of the English oratorio. But at the same time a magnificent statue of him was unveiled at Spring Gardens in Vauxhall, celebrating his pre-eminent position in London society.

It was the year in which Handel helped create the Fund for Decay’d Musicians, the roots of the new Methodist ministry were established, and Fortnum and Mason invented the Scotch Egg.

Once again a team of Handel House Volunteers will research and curate the exhibition, and the story of 1738 will be told through images and objects from the Handel House Collection, together with loans from other museums.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6.50 adults
£5.50 concessions
£2.00 children (5-16 years). Children FREE ENTRY on Saturdays and Sundays.

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/exhibitions/1738

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

French Connection

  • 21 September 2014 2-3:30pm

Nathaniel Mander (harpsichord) delves into the exquisitely elusive French keyboard style of François Couperin.

A tradition so revered and respected that neither Handel nor JS Bach could resist emulating it in their own works.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets: £12, £6 students

La Grotte de Versailles

  • 25 September 2014 6:30-7:30pm

The theorbo, a large lute with a long bass extension, was very popular in France during the second half of the 17th century.

Yair Avidor plays pieces written for this magnificent instrument by Robert de Visée, a lutenist, guitarist and theorbo player at the court of Louis XIV.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£9 Adults
£5 Students

Il Maestro e lo Scolare

  • 2 October 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Duo Jordaan will perform early classical compositions for four-hands played on the harpsichord, including masterworks by Mozart and JC Bach.

These will be interspersed with solo selections from JS Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.

They are Adam Jaffe and Anthony Abouhamad (harpsichord).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£9 Adults
£5 Students

Beethoven and Baroque on Bouzouki

  • 9 October 2014 6:30-7:30pm

The Bouzouki, a musical instrument synonymous with Greece and dating from the Byzantine era, takes centre stage in a performance of transcriptions of baroque and classical music.

Chris Christodoulou (bouzouki) and Anne Marshall (harpsichord) perform.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£9, £5 students

Pluckers Re-United!

  • 12 October 2014 2-3pm

Join Amanda Cook (guitar) and Claire Williams (harpsichord) for their return to the Handel House after a sensational sold-out debut in January 2014.

They promise to bring another exciting programme, featuring an eclectic mix of music for both instruments.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£9 Adults
£5 Students

BHS Recital: Vo’ far Guerra

  • 14 October 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss comes to the Handel House for the first time with a programme including William Babell’s colourful transcription of ‘Vo far guerra’ from Handel’s Rinaldo, and extracts from some of his recent recordings.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£9 Adults
£5 Students

Dances, Drums and Whistles!

  • 16 October 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Flautotonic collaborate with percussive forces for an entertaining exploration of dance music.

This is music to tap your toes to from Medieval rottas to Irish jigs and Restoration dances to French minuets. They are Lauren Brant, David Beaney (recorders), Rebecca McChrystal (percussion) and Claire Williams (harpsichord).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£9 Adults
£5 Students

France Meets Italy

  • 23 October 2014 6:30-7:30pm

German harpsichordist Medea Bindewald explores the interplay between the refined French and the more emotional Italian style, which became increasingly fashionable in France in the mid-18th century.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£9 Adults
£5 Students

Hardly Handel: Bach’s French Suites

  • 30 October 2014 6:30-7:30pm

JS Bach’s so-called French Suites epitomize domestic music-making. Penned possibly as a wedding present for his second wife, Anna Magdalena, these delightful suites exude an intimacy that is ideally suited to Handel’s own music room.

Performed by Julian Perkins (harpsichord).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£9 Adults
£5 Students

EYEMUSIC Concert 1: Sound Structures with Sarah Angliss

  • 13 November 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Composer, performer, roboticist and historian Sarah Angliss brings her electroacoustic inventions to respond to the history of Handel House. The domestic setting of Handel’s music room will provide the setting for her ‘homely’ objects. Crewdson and Cevanne will also demonstrate, with costumier Jodie Cartman, a new piece of ‘wearable music technology’.

Part of the EYEMUSIC series. Inspired by Renaissance ‘Augenmusik’ (where music notation mixed with art) Composer-in-Residence Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian has opened her music programme to visual perspectives. From synesthesia to theatre; costume to construction; Cevanne builds on her last sell-out series with new themes, featuring actor-writer Jessica Hynes, works by Roxanna Panufnik and James Macmillan, as well as the première of her final Handel House commission.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

EYEMUSIC Concert 2: Haze Indigo with Jessica Hynes

  • 16 November 2014 2-4pm

Synesthesia – the ability to see sound – drives the programme with psychedelic works and music by Duke Ellington. Bassist Calum Gourlay and Cevanne will perform and special guest actress and writer Jessica Hynes will sing celebrating the restoration of Jimi Hendrix’s flat in Handel House.

Part of the EYEMUSIC series. Inspired by Renaissance ‘Augenmusik’ (where music notation mixed with art) Composer-in-Residence Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian has opened her music programme to visual perspectives. From synesthesia to theatre; costume to construction; Cevanne builds on her last sell-out series with new themes, featuring actor-writer Jessica Hynes, works by Roxanna Panufnik and James Macmillan, as well as the première of her final Handel House commission.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets: £12, £6 students

EYEMUSIC Concert 3: Seeing Sound with Oren Marshall

  • 20 November 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Oren Marshall ‘the Jimi Hendrix of the Tuba’ joins Cevanne on an exploration of notation from visual perspectives, old and new: Ancient Egyptian colour charts, Renaissance Augenmusik, 20th century graphic scores and beyond.

Part of the EYEMUSIC series. Inspired by Renaissance ‘Augenmusik’ (where music notation mixed with art) Composer-in-Residence Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian has opened her music programme to visual perspectives. From synesthesia to theatre; costume to construction; Cevanne builds on her last sell-out series with new themes, featuring actor-writer Jessica Hynes, works by Roxanna Panufnik and James Macmillan, as well as the première of her final Handel House commission.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

EYEMUSIC Concert 4: The Fat Lady has Sung

  • 23 November 2014 2-4pm

Ziazan Horrocks-Hopayian (voice, harp) has reconstructed the lost bel canto singing method, and with harpsichordist Tessa Marchington, will take you on a journey through opera’s birth, its demise and end with its future in the form of Cevanne’s commission for Handel House. Expect to see demonstrations of costumes inspired by Handel’s London by Lindsey Holmes of Costumiersaurus and the audience is encouraged to dress in their interpretation of ‘retro-futurism’.

Part of the EYEMUSIC series. Inspired by Renaissance ‘Augenmusik’ (where music notation mixed with art) Composer-in-Residence Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian has opened her music programme to visual perspectives. From synesthesia to theatre; costume to construction; Cevanne builds on her last sell-out series with new themes, featuring actor-writer Jessica Hynes, works by Roxanna Panufnik and James Macmillan, as well as the première of her final Handel House commission.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets: £12, £6 students

A Foundling’s Christmas

  • 4 December 2014 6:30-7:30pm

In 1750, Handel directed a performance of Messiah at the Foundling Hospital and his involvement continued for many years. The Amadé Players present a programme reflecting what a Foundling may have heard during the long, cold winter nights of the 1750s

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£9 Adults
£5 Students

Family Event: A Christmas Celebration

  • 7 December 2014 2-3pm

Start your seasonal celebrations with a delightful programme of Christmas music from around the world. Explore and create the musical sounds of a winter landscape and then warm up with some toe-tapping Christmas party music! Flautotonic are Lauren Brant, David Beaney (recorders),
Rebecca McChrystal (percussion) and Claire Williams (harpsichord).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9 Adults
£5 Students

BHS Recital: Fortune My Foe

  • 9 December 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Harpsichordist Alina Rotaru will take you on a journey into one of the most enlightened and cosmopolitan musicians of the late Renaissance: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621), the ‘Orpheus of Amsterdam’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9 Adults
£5 Students

Yuletide Handel

  • 11 December 2014 6:30-7:30pm

This programme brings to life popular operatic music heard in London during the Christmas season in the 1720s and 30s. Works will be presented by Handel, Ariosti, Porpora and Veracini. Ballo Baroque Ensemble are Randall Scotting (director and countertenor), Pia Pircher (viola da gamba) and Marie van Rhijn (harpsichord).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9 Adults
£5 Students

From Leipzig to London at Christmas

  • 14 December 2014 2-3:30pm

The Brook Street Band presents a virtuosic and poignant programme for cello and harpsichord, representing Bach and Handel at the height of their musical powers. Performers are Tatty Theo (baroque cello), Carolyn Gibley (harpsichord).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 Adults
£6 Students

Christmas Treats

  • 18 December 2014 6:30-8pm

Feast your ears with seasonal delights for Handel House’s last concert of the year. There will be plenty of sing-a-long hymns with extracts from Messiah, dazzling organ solos and a glimpse into Handel’s Christmas with arias from the operas he wrote during this time. Performers are
Angela Henckel (soprano), Trevor Bowes (Bass) and Robin Walker (organ).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10 ticket

Getting there

Entrance to the museum is round the back of 25 Brook Street in Lancashire Court.
Nearest tube stations are Bond Street and Oxford Circus and there are numerous buses to Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street.

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