Handel House Museum

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.
A Year in the Life of Handel: 1738

A Year in the Life of Handel: 1738

  • 1 October 2014 — 1 June 2015 *on now

Our series of exhibitions looking in depth at a single year in Handel’s life continues with 1738.

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 has researched and curated the exhibition, and the story of 1738 is told through images and objects from the Handel House Collection, together with loans from other museums.

Exhibition Talks at 3pm
Exhibition Talks are delivered by volunteers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge. They last between 15-20 minutes and will take place on the last Saturday of each month: 30 May and 27 June.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Exhibitions are included in admission charge of £6.50 adults, £5.50 concessions, £2 children (children free on weekends).

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.
Bach to Couperin

Bach to Couperin

  • 28 May 2015 6:30-7:30pm *on now

All the way from France, Robin Pharo (viola da gamba) and Ronan Khalil (harpsichord) of Ensemble Desmarest present a programme that explores the masterful work of François Couperin’s 1728 suites alongside JS Bach’s Sonata No.2 in D Major and Sonata No.6 in D Major, both important composers for the viola da gamba and continuo repertoire.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/bach-to-couperin

BHS Harpsichord masterclass

BHS Harpsichord Masterclass

  • 30 May 2015 2-3:30pm

The British Harpsichord Society welcomes a new generation of harpsichordists to an afternoon masterclass with Nathaniel Mander. It is a chance to delve into the expressive and inspiring world of the beautiful Ruckers style harpsichord housed at the museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £12, £6 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/bhs-masterclass

Exhibition Talk: A Year in the Life of Handel: 1738.

Exhibition Talk: A Year in the Life of Handel: 1738.

  • 30 May 2015 3-3:15pm
  • 27 June 2015 3-3:15pm

This Talk will explore the main themes covered in our current exhibition A Year in the Life of Handel: 1738.

Exhibition Talks are delivered by our volunteers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge. They last between 15-20 minutes and will take place in the Exhibition Room of the museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Exhibitions are included in admission charge of £6.50 adults, £5.50 concessions, £2 children (children free on weekends).

Website

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

The a la mode Musician

The à la mode Musician

  • 4 June 2015 6:30-7:30pm

ARCATA à la mode present a programme of English music written for soprano and bass composed between 1601-1710. It will feature music by Eccles and Clarke from the 1698 publication The à la mode Musician, alongside works by Corkine and Jones, brothers Henry and Daniel Purcell and Italian composer Galli. ARCATA à la mode are Elin Harries (soprano) and Carina Drury (cello).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/the-a-la-mode-musicians

BHS Recital

BHS Recital: Bow Envy

  • 9 June 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Tom Foster (harpsichord) presents a programme of transcriptions for harpsichord by JS Bach, featuring four exuberant examples of his lifelong determination to unleash the harpsichordist from continuo servitude. Concerto formats are also explored in arrangements of violin concertos by Vivaldi and Telemann.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/bhs-bow-envy

Cembalo Transalpino

Cembalo Transalpino

  • 11 June 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Catalina Vicens (harpsichord) presents a programme from Italian composers and arrangers of the 16th century and English composers from the virginal school, with special focus on Musica Transalpina, a collection of Italian madrigals published in England in 1588 and some of the earliest keyboard music printed.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/cembalo-transalpino

a tale of two cities

A Tale of Two Cities

  • 18 June 2015 6:30-7:30pm

In this programme harpsichordist Yeo Yat-Soon looks at the period leading up to the loss of the British colonies in America and the French Revolution through the music of JC Bach, Balbastre and others.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/a-tale-of-two-cities

Handel house Singers

Handel House Singers Perform Excerpts from Israel in Egypt

  • 20 June 2015 6-7pm

Come and hear excerpts from Handel’s Israel in Egypt sung in the beautiful setting of Grosvenor Chapel. Handel House Singers will be accompanied by baroque orchestra Belsize Baroque and will also feature arias performed by soprano Ana-Maria Rincon. The concert will be conducted by early music specialist Laurence Cummings.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Grosvenor Chapel
24 South Audley Street
London
W1K 2PA

Admission

Tickets: £5, also available on the door.

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/handel-house-singers-perform

Handel House Singers

Handel House Singers: Come and Sing Israel in Egypt

  • 20 June 2015 10am-7pm

After a successful celebration of Handel’s Coronation Anthems last year, Handel House Singers is back! To complement Handel House’s current exhibition, A Year in the Life of Handel: 1738, join in and work through Israel in Egypt, Handel’s great oratorio written in October 1738 for the 1739 concert season. Richly punctuated with beautiful chorus pieces, this oratorio is perfect for choral singers. All singing levels are welcome and familiarity with the music is not necessary; come along and learn! The day will be led by international conductor and baroque specialist Laurence Cummings. Laurence will coach each vocal section in the morning at Handel House and then invite the whole choir to join him and orchestra Belsize Baroque for a full rehearsal and performance at Grosvenor Chapel.

Coaching Sections at Handel House
10am: Sopranos
11am: Altos
12.15pm: Tenors and Basses

Rehearsal and Performance at Grosvenor Chapel
3pm: Rehearsal
5.15pm: Glass of wine for Participants
6pm: Public performance

Admission

Tickets: £15, £12 concessions
Price includes a glass of wine for participants.

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/handel-house-singers-come-and-sing

In Perfect Opposition

In Perfect Opposition

  • 25 June 2015 6:30-7:30pm

John Crockett (violin) and Tom Foster (harpsichord) present violin sonatas by Corelli and JS Bach. Though incomparably different in style, both Bach and Corelli found profound beauty and perfection in their music for violin and harpsichord.

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/in-perfect-opposition

Handel: A Life With Friends

Handel: A Life With Friends

  • 1 July 2015 — 10 January 2016

What was it like to live next to the great composer Handel? Who would call at his house? Who did he visit? In this new exhibition, Handel scholar Ellen Harris will explore the composer’s domestic life at 25 Brook Street and the many friends and neighbours who visited him at the new, fashionable residential district called ‘May Fair’.

Handel’s music brought this disparate group of men and women together, as amateur performers in their own homes and as audiences at performances of his operas and oratorios.

With important loans from national, local and private collections, the exhibition will offer a rare glimpse into the public and private lives of some of Handel’s closest friends.

Ellen Harris’s new book George Frideric Handel: A Life With Friends (published by Norton) which inspired this exhibition is available to purchase from the Handel House Museum shop, priced £25.

Admission

Exhibitions are included in admission charge of £6.50 adults, £5.50 concessions, £2 children (children free on weekends).

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/exhibitions/handel-a-life-with-friends

The Trials and Triumphs of Love

The Trials and Triumphs of Love

  • 2 July 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Far from the world of Handel’s opera theatre, Erica Eloff (soprano) and Ars Eloquentiae present a programme of Handel’s intimate chamber cantatas for solo soprano. Youthful instrumental sonatas intersperse this exploration of the theme of unrequited love. Ars Eloquentiae are Leo Duarte (oboe), James Toll (violin) and Chad Kelly (harpsichord).

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/the-trials-and-triumphs-of-love

Some Weddings and a few Funerals

Some Weddings and a few Funerals

  • 9 July 2015 6:30-7:30pm
Sorry, fully booked

Musicke in the Ayre present 17th century songs accompanied on lute, archlute and bass viol that celebrate marriage and commemorate the departed. The programme will include works by Campion, Coperario, Dowland and Monteverdi. Musicke in the Ayre are Helen Atkinson (soprano), Melissa Scott (mezzo-soprano), Esha Neogy (bass viol) and Din Ghani (lute, archlute).

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/some-weddings-and-a-few-funerals

BHS Recital: The Singing Brook

BHS Recital: The Singing Brook

  • 14 July 2015 6:30-7:30pm

The enigmatic JS Bach composed some of the most rich, diverse and profound keyboard compositions in western music history. Anhad Arora (harpsichord) performs some of his most beloved works using a delicate performing style aptly named ‘the singing brook’.

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/bhs-the-singing-brook

‘Life after Deth’

‘Life after Deth’

  • 16 July 2015 6:30-7:30pm

The bass viol is a versatile solo instrument with its ability to play chords and its cello-like singing quality that is shown in its large and wonderfully expressive repertory. Richard Boothby (viols) presents a programme of evocative solo viol music by Hume, Lawes and Abel.

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/life-after-deth

Chaconne ou Passacaille

Chaconne ou Passacaille

  • 23 July 2015 6:30-7:30pm

The Chaconne and the Passacaille were two popular styles of music in the baroque period characterised by their repetitive bass lines and extravagant ornamentation. Satoko Doi-Luck
(harpsichord) presents a programme that compares Couperin’s Chaconne ou Passacaille, Duphly’s Chacconne and Passacaille from Handel’s G Minor Suite to investigate the distinction of each style.

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/chaconne-ou-passacaille

Exhibition Talk: Handel: A Life With Friends

Exhibition Talk: Handel: A Life With Friends

  • 25 July 2015 3-3:15pm
  • 29 August 2015 3-3:15pm

Exhibition Talks are delivered by volunteers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge. They last between 15-20 minutes and will take place on the last Saturday of each month: 25 July and 29 August.

This Talk will explore the main themes covered in our current exhibition Handel: A Life with Friends.

Admission

Exhibitions are included in admission charge of £6.50 adults, £5.50 concessions, £2 children (children free on weekends).

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/exhibitions/handel-a-life-with-friends

‘To Behold the wand’ring Moon’

‘To Behold the wand’ring Moon’

  • 30 July 2015 6:30-7:30pm

A group of talented young composers explore the use of imagery painted in Handel’s ‘Sweet Bird’ from L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato to create their own setting of the same text by the great poet John Milton. The culmination of a week-long summer school supervised by Composer-in-Residence Edwin Hillier and composer Michael Andrews, the group will present their compositions written for Cathy Bell (mezzo-soprano), Caoimhe da Paor (recorders) and Nathaniel Mander (harpsichord) to perform live in Handel’s performance room. In association with the RNIB.

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/to-behold-the-wandring-moon

Telemann in Paris

Telemann in Paris

  • 6 August 2015 6:30-7:30pm
Sorry, fully booked

Telemann was no stranger in Paris when he arrived in 1737 as his music had already been enthusiastically received by prominent musicians of the city. Ensemble de Trianon will present a selection of these pieces alongside music by the very musicians who inspired them. Yu-Wei Hu (baroque flute), Magdalena Loth-Hill (baroque violin), George Ross (baroque cello) and Aidan Phillips (harpsichord) perform.

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/telemann-in-paris

BHS Recital: Lights and Shadows

BHS Recital: Lights and Shadows

  • 11 August 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Using the music of JS Bach, Handel and Fischer, Italian harpsichordist Paolo Zanzu explores the portrayal of light and shade in music written before the ‘Sturm und Drang’ style of later 18th century composers.

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/bhs-lights-and-shadows

Summer Cantatas

Summer Cantatas

  • 13 August 2015 6:30-7:30pm

ARCATA BAROQUE explores the influence of the Italian cantata across Europe featuring music by Pepusch, D Scarlatti, Boismortier, Stanley and Handel. They are Elin Harries (soprano), Carina Drury (cello) and Nathaniel Mander (harpsichord).

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/summer-cantatas

From Dowland to Rodrigo

From Dowland to Rodrigo

  • 20 August 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Greek-born guitarist and arranger Andreas Moutsioulis presents a musical journey that connects the Baroque and Renaissance music of Dowland, Kellner and Frescobaldi with 20th century composers Piazzolla, Theodorakis and Rodrigo. It is a stunning compilation of guitar music that is perfect for the intimate surroundings of Handel House.

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/from-dowland-to-rodrigo

Entertainments for the Ancien Régime

Entertainments for the Ancien Régime

  • 27 August 2015 6:30-7:30pm

This programme explores the refined and sensuous world of 18th century French chamber music with works by Dieupart, Mondonville, Rameau and Duphly, whose tercentenary is commemorated this year. DUO FOLLIA perform and are Diane Moore (violin) and Yeo Yat-soon (harpsichord).

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/ancien-regime

Family Event: Glorious Georgians

Family Event: Glorious Georgians

  • 30 August 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Eboracum Baroque are joined by the Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary to guide us through a London that Handel would have known. Hear about Handel’s life in georgian London and expect a gruesome tale or two along the way! Interspersed with Terry’s tales we will hear music from the time including famous works by Handel alongside less known works by his rivals and friends that lived in London at the same time. This promises to be a performance full of laughter and fun for all the family. Signed Copies of Terry Deary’s Gorgeous Georgians will be available to buy in the museum shop.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets: £9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/family-event-glorious-georgians

Handel by Candle

  • 30 October 2015 7:30-9pm

Cathy Bell, mezzo-soprano, will deliver a lecture-recital that explores light in the eighteenth century. Going to the opera, a night-time activity, involved candles to light not only the stage and the auditorium but also to light the journey to and from the opera house. Cathy will sing examples from a selection of Handel operas to illustrate this fascinating insight. This will be a closed and ticketed event whilst the museum remains open, free of charge to visitors until 10pm (with last admission at 9pm).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets (for recital): £12, £6 students (booking opens in July 2015)
Tickets (for general admission): free of charge (last admission, 9pm)

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.

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

logo: Museums at Night

Website

www.handelhouse.org

E-mail

mail@handelhouse.org

Telephone

Information

020 7495 1685

Fax

020 7495 1759

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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