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

From 1 January 2014 the admission charge to visit Handel House Museum will increase to £6.50 for Adults and £5.50 for Concessions. Charges for Children will remain the same.

Discounts

  • National Trust
Getting there

Entrance to the museum is around 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

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.

The Spirit of Gambo

  • 17 April 2014 6:30-7:30pm *on now

‘For here I protest the Trinitie of Musicke, parts, Passion and Division, to be as gracefully united in the Gambo Violl, as in the most received Instrument that is, which here with a Souldiers Resolution, I give up to the acceptance of all noble dispositions.’ wrote Tobias Hume (1569?-1645), Scottish soldier and viol player.

With his 'Musicall Humors', he was championing the viol over the lute as well as hoping to secure noble patronage. He was unsuccessful on both accounts, his musical career seems to have been very short and he died as a Poor Brother of the Charterhouse, but he left behind a remarkable array of compositions, and glimpses of an eccentric and quarrelsome, yet vulnerable personality. We explore the music of this intriguing character, contrasted and complemented with compositions of his more successful contemporaries.

Performers
Gordon Waterson (counter tenor)
Eszter Komaromi (viols)
Esha Neogy (viols)
Henry Drummond (viols)

Programme
Tobias Hume A Souldiers Resolution; Alas poore men; The Queenes New-yeeres gift
Robert Jones To sigh and to be sad
Richard Sumarte Lachryme
John Fethy (attr) The time of youth
William Byrd This sweet and merry month of May
Thomas Tomkins In nomine a 3

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Booking Information
Tickets: £9, £5 students

Booking line: 020 7399 1953

Family Event: Hallelujah Egg Hunt

  • 20 April 2014 12-5pm

Discover the magic of Handel’s music. Collect a Family Easter pack and solve the riddles and rhymes which will lead you to a chocolatey surprise!

Last entrance 5.30pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Booking Information
Tickets: Included in museum admission price of £6.50 adults, £5.50 concessions and free for children

Booking line: 020 7399 1953

Baroque Fathers

  • 24 April 2014 6:30-7:30pm

The representation of the older, masculine presence in baroque opera and oratorio – or the father figure – often fell to the tenor much more so than in modern times where they are more likely to assume a younger, more romantic or heroic character. In this recital, Christopher Diffey, accompanied by Mark Austin, will sing a range of baroque arias expressing paternal feelings and emotions, be they in a caring fatherly way or an angry, vengeful one. Featuring music from three different composers, we will get a feeling for the ways that these baroque tenors differ from the more modern tenor.

Programme
Handel Comfort ye my people, Messiah
Handel Deeper and deeper still, Waft her Angels, Jephtha
Hasse Figli, di voi non meno, Se il mio paterno amore, Siroe
Hasse Piu dubitar, Fra sdegno, Siroe
Handel Il tuo sangue, Ariodante
Rameau Lieux funestes, Dardanus
Rameau Hatonous, Dardanus
Handel Empio per farti Guerra, Tamerlano
Handel Thou shalt break them, Messiah

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Booking Information
Tickets: £9, £5 students

Booking line: 020 7399 1953

Getting there

Entrance to the museum is around 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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