Handel & Hendrix in London

Handel House Museum
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In a single street in London, separated by a wall, are the homes of two of history’s most significant musical artists. 25 Brook Street is the house that belonged to George Frideric Handel and the place where he composed some of the world’s most enduring baroque music, including Messiah. On the top floor of 23 Brook Street is the flat where, two centuries later, Jimi Hendrix lived with his girlfriend, record player and guitar. Both were the homes of musical innovators who chose London and changed music.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday closed.
Last admission is 5pm.

Admission charges

Handel House and the Hendrix Flat:
£10 Adult, £5 Child (5-16 years)

Please note that we recommend visitors book their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
Getting there

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
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.
Handel's Music Room

Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen

  • 1 May 2018 6:30-7:30pm

The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen present an adventurous and pioneering programme combining Handel’s much-loved solo sonatas for violin and oboe alongside Pepusch’s forgotten Italian cantatas sung by mezzo-soprano Ciara Hendrick.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12

Website

https://handelhendrix.org/whats-on/events/tickle-fiddle-gentlemen/

Two Baroque musicians performing in costume in Handel's Music Room.

The May Fayre

  • 18 May 2018 7-10pm

For this May’s Museums at Night, we’re celebrating the annual fortnight-long festival that gave Mayfair its name.
Expect an evening of live music, performances and interactive activities to celebrate a forgotten part of London’s history.

On the first floor, in Handel’s Music Room, Baroque musicians Charles MacDougall (tenor) and Katarzyna Kowalik (harpsichord) will reveal a narrative celebrating the coming of Spring using some of Handel’s greatest operatic pieces.

On the second floor, Handel’s bedroom – the room where the great composer died in 1759 – will be taken over by Art Macabre.

Try your hand at life drawing with Art Macabre. Injecting a lethal dose of theatricality into sketching, Art Macabre will present an eccentric tableaux to inspire your sketches. Inspired by accounts of the May Fayre’s ‘beheading of puppets’, sketch curious characters and macabre marionettes to be found at the fair. Ghostly shadows of the May Fayre’s most strange and surreal entertainments.

Up on the third floor, where Hendrix lived in 1969, English folk songstress Olivia Chaney will perform a very special acoustic set in Jimi’s bedroom.

All of this, plus some surprise performances and drinks at our pop-up bar.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Earlybird tickets: £15

Website

https://handelhendrix.org/whats-on/events/the-may-fayre/

Handel portrait engraving at Handel House

Directed by Handel

  • 19 May 2018 2-3pm

Olwen Foulkes (recorder) discusses her original research into Handel’s orchestra between 1711-1729 for her debut recording ‘Directed by Handel’.

Joined by Carina Drury (cello), Toby Carr (theorbo), and Nathaniel Mander (harpsichord), Olwen will also perform Handel’s stunning recorder sonata in F major, haunting melodies by Giuseppe Sammartini, and a charming air by Handel’s favourite assistant, John Christopher Smith.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12

Website

https://handelhendrix.org/whats-on/events/directed-by-handel-2/

Getting there

Nearest tube stations are Bond Street and Oxford Circus and there are numerous buses to Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street.

Handel & Hendrix in London
25 Brook Street
Mayfair
London
Greater London
W1K 4HB
England

logo: Museums at Night

Website

www.handelhendrix.org

E-mail

mail@handelhendrix.org

Telephone

Information

020 7495 1685

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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