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 12pm-6pm.
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing

Admission charges

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

Handel House only:
£7.50 Adult, £3 Child (5-16 years), free to Handel House Friends and National Art Pass holders

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Exhibition: A Year in the Life of Handel 1723

A Year in the Life of Handel: 1723

  • 20 January — 31 August 2016 *on now

We continue our A Year in the Life of Handel exhibition series with an in depth look at 1723 – the year in which Handel took up residence in his Brook Street home. It was a busy year for the composer as his career flourished in the rich cultural life of Georgian London. Loans from national museums will join items from Handel House’s own collection to illustrate highlights of the worlds of theatre, art, literature, politics and science. As before the exhibition will be researched and written by our own Volunteers

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in admission charge.

£6.50, £5.50 concessions, £2 children (free on weekends)

Website

http://handelhendrix.org/whats-on/exhibitions/

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.
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Friday Late

  • 1 July 2016 6-9pm *on now

Come along to our special late night openings where you can see Handel House and the Hendrix Flat in a unique candle-lit setting with lots of activities to participate in. Each month we devise something special and unique to engage your senses with the homes of two musical greats.

Admission

Tickets
£10 on the door

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Handel's Hollander

  • 2 July 2016 2-3pm

Though Willem de Fesch was born and raised in the Netherlands in 1710, after a disastrous post as maestro de capella in Antwerp he heeded the call of the metropolis of London, where he met the great Handel and spent the rest of his life, at times in competition with Handel, and at times his most trusted player, concertmaster of his orchestra. As a composer, de Fesch had been publishing small and large scale works since his twenties, and for this program, the Amsterdam-based ensemble, 't Kabinet explores a few of his intimate chamber sonatas and the influence that Handel had upon them.

Programme
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Violin Sonata in f major

Willem de Fesch (1687-1761)
Violin Sonata in d minor
Cello Sonata in d major
Violin Sonata in a major

George Frideric Handel
Violin Sonata in a major

Admission

Tickets
£15 adult £7 student

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

Website

https://www.arttickets.org.uk/handel-hendrix-in-london/handels-hollander

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Baroque Bass

  • 7 July 2016 6:30-7:30pm

You are invited to the concert DUO BRIKCIUS - BAROQUE IN BLOOD. The two cellists, brother and sister Anna Brikciusová and František Brikcius (Duo Brikcius), will introduce a new programme for two cellos with virtuoso compositions by baroque masters.

Programme
Luigi Boccherini (1743 - 1805)
Sei Fughe per due Violoncelli, G. 73

François Couperin (1668 - 1733)
Concert à deux violoncelles
Prélude. Vivement, Air. Agréablement, Sarabande. Tendrement, Chaconne. Légèrement, Le Je-Ne-Scay Quoy, Gayëment

Joseph-Hector Fiocco (1703 - 1741)
Concerto pour deux Violoncelles
(Réalisation de Paul Bazelaire)
Allegro, Modéré et gracieux, Lent et très expressif, Très animé

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Concerto per 2 violoncelli g-moll, RV 531
Allegro moderato, Largo, Allegro

Domenico Gabrielli (1651 - 1690)
Canon à due violoncelli

Admission

Tickets
£10 and £6 students

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

Website

https://www.arttickets.org.uk/handel-hendrix-in-london/baroque-bass

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BHS: Trip the Light Fantastic

  • 12 July 2016 6:30-7:30pm

The programme is in fact an elegant overview of various dances that starts in Renaissance to end up in early – classical pieces of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. The purpose of the concert is to show a progress in understanding of the dace in the music of German and Polish composers of those times. The remarkably clear dance elements in the pieces of Jan z Lublina find their echo in Chaconne with the masterly harpsichord variations by Handel. Finally, the idealistic polonaises by W.F Bach lost with their tempo following the deep expression and individualism of the piece, forgetting about former dance exactness. These last pieces turn to be much closer to fantasies than to a dance. Hence the direct transition to the sophisticated fantasies of Empfindsamer still which are the culmination of the concert.

Programme
Jan Podbielski (1680-1730)
Prelude d minor

Jan z Lublina (16th century)
Polish dances, selected from Organ Tablature

Johann Gottlieb Goldberg (1727-1756)
2 Polonaises

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784)
2 Polonaises F 12: e-minor no 8 & f minor No 10

Fantasie a-moll F 23

Carl Phillipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Fantasie f sharp minor Wq 67

Württembergische Sonate e minor Wq 49/3

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Chaconne con Variazioni G-dur HWV 435

Admission

Tickets
£10 adult £6 student

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

Website

https://www.arttickets.org.uk/handel-hendrix-in-london/british-harpsichord-society-trip-the-light-fantastic

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Ensemble Eroica Presents

  • 14 July 2016 6:30-7:30pm

This concert is the first in Ensemble Eroica’s series, promoting London’s best young chamber groups and individual artists. All members of the scheme are regular performers withEnsemble Eroica.

Having been praised for their “great control and dynamic subtlety” by The Strad, the Artesian Quartet have appeared at the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. Since their formation in 2009 they have forged a reputation as one of the UK’s leading young string groups. In their Handel & Hendrix debut the quartet present a programme of familiarity and high energy. Haydn’s String Quartet in G, Op. 76 No. 1 is a work of witty deviation from the established forms of the time, employing engaging dialogue which flits between the four parts. Handel was an absolutely must for a debut programme, and highlights were chosen to represent his wonderful Water Music.

Programme
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Extracts from the Handel’s Water Music
Air, Bouree & Hornpipe from Suite no 1 in f major
Menuet & Rigaudon from Suite no 3 in g major

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Haydn String Quartet in g major, Op.76 no 1
Allegro con spirit, Adagio sostenuto, Menuetto – Presto, Allegro ma non troppo

Admission

Tickets
£10 and £6 students

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

Website

https://www.arttickets.org.uk/handel-hendrix-in-london/ensemble-eroica-presents

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Handel's Heroines

  • 16 July 2016 2-3pm

Handel’s operas were performed by the greatest singers of the age, many of whom were adored musical celebrities brought to London from Italy and paid many times more than any other performer. Much of the vocal music that Handel wrote was bespoke – written specially for the people who had been engaged to give the world premieres of his latest operas.

This programme explores not only the extraordinary characters created by Handel for the stage – including Alcina, Rodelinda and Cleopatra, but also the vocal abilities of three of the virtuosic women who sang the roles – the sopranos Francesca Cuzzoni, Anna Maria Strada and Elisabeth Duparc.

Programme
George Frideric Handel (1685-1749)
Arias for Cuzzoni
Aria: Mio caro bene – Rodelinda
Recit: E pur cosi in un momento - Giulio Cesare HWV 17
Aria: Piangero la sorte mia (role: Cleopatra)

Anna Maria Strada
Aria: Verdi piante (Angelica) Orlando HWV 31
Recitative: Ah, Ruggiero, Crudel!
Aria: Ombre, pallide (Alcina) Alcina HWV 34
Aria: Heart, the seat of soft delight (Galatea) Acis and Galatea HWV HWV 49

Elisabeth Duparc
Recit: Che piu giova celarlo
Aria: M’hai resa infelice
Aria: Consolami, se brami (from Deidamia)

Admission

Tickets
£15 and £7 students

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

Website

https://www.arttickets.org.uk/handel-hendrix-in-london/handels-heroines

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Rebel Rebel

  • 21 July 2016 6:30-7:30pm

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Jean-Féry Rebel (1666 – 1747) was an innovative French Baroque composer, violinist, harpsichordist and conductor. He was a real rebel of his time as many of his compositions
are quite original, based on complex counter-rhythms and audacious harmonies they were not fully appreciated by listeners of his time and may still sound shocking nowadays. Royal Baroque make their Handel House debut with an exquisite programme of music by this revolutionary
composer.

Programme
Jean-Ferry Rebel (1666-1747)
Les Elémens

Les Caractères de la Danse

Les Plaisirs champêtres

Admission

Tickets
£10 and £6 students

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

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Ensemble-in-Residence: Handel and his Highness

  • 24 July 2016 2-3pm

Handel said, ‘What the English like is something that they can beat time to.’

In this programme BLOCK4 delve into the music of the British monarchy, contrasting it with music heard throughout the rest of the country.

Admission

Tickets
£15 adult £7 students

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

Website

https://www.arttickets.org.uk/handel-hendrix-in-london/ensemble-in-residence-handel-and-his-highness

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Ensemble-in-Residence: Time for a new National Anthem

  • 27 July 2016 6:30-7:30pm

‘It’s time for a new National Anthem.’ said Jimi Hendrix. This programme looks at popular music in a classical world through the influence of rock and pop on contemporary music, alongside some classics by Jimi Hendrix.

Admission

Tickets
£10 and £6 students

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

Website

https://www.arttickets.org.uk/handel-hendrix-in-london/ensemble-in-residence-time-for-a-new-national-anthem

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Ensemble-in-Residence: Polyphony and Eccentricity

  • 28 July 2016 6:30-7:30pm

Block4 will premiere new works by young composers who will have spent the week working with composers Hunter Coblentz and Michael Andrews on creating new compositions inspired by Handel & Hendrix. In partnership with RNIB.

Admission

Tickets
£10 and £6 students

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

Website

https://www.arttickets.org.uk/handel-hendrix-in-london/ensemble-in-residence-polyphony-and-eccentricity

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Ensemble-in-Residence: Have You Ever Been…

  • 31 July 2016 2-3pm

... To Electric Ladyland? Jimi Hendrix said, ‘Then you got this other kind of music that’s tryin’ to come around.’

BLOCK4 juxtapose the use of electronics in contemporary music against that of natural acoustic sound, from Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland to the present day.

Admission

Tickets
£15 and £7 studnets

Booking
Buy on the door

Website

https://www.arttickets.org.uk/handel-hendrix-in-london/ensemble-in-residence-have-you-ever-been

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Ensemble-in-Residence: From Anonymous to Handel

  • 4 August 2016 6:30-7:30pm

‘You shall protect my fame when I am dead’ proclaimed Handel. This programme explores music of a range of composers dating from the medieval period through to the 18th Century.

Admission

Tickets
£10 and £6 students

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

Website

https://www.arttickets.org.uk/handel-hendrix-in-london/ensemble-in-residence-from-anonymous-to-handel

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Friday Late

  • 5 August 2016 6-9pm

Come along to our special late night openings where you can see Handel House and the Hendrix Flat in a unique candle-lit setting with lots of activities to participate in. Each month we devise something special and unique to engage your senses with the homes of two musical greats.

Admission

From 6-9pm, last admission 8pm

Tickets
£10 on the door

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BHS Harpsichord Duets

  • 9 August 2016 6:30-7:30pm

Dan Tidhar and Francis Knights, Britain’s most active harpsichord duo, present a programme contrasting canonic works by Bach with two modern pieces.

Bach’s canonic explorations date from the end of his career, and combine rigorous counterpoint with a lyrical, playful imagination. Also included are transcriptions of concerto and organ works for four hands and two keyboards, including the monumental Passacaglia in C minor.

The two modern pieces, by Stephen Dodgson (1924-2013) and Joanna Marsh, date from nearly half-a-century apart, but both are portrayals, one of bells and the other of a duel – an idea well suited to the duet format.

Programme
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sinfonia in D major

Stephen Dodgson (1924-2013)
Carillon

Johann Sebastian Bach
14 ‘Goldberg’ Canons

Joanna Marsh ()
The Art of Duelling

Johann Sebastian Bach
Ten Canons from the Musical Offering

Passacaglia in C minor

Admission

Tickets
£10 and £6 students

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

Website

https://www.arttickets.org.uk/handel-hendrix-in-london/british-harpsichord-society-harpsichord-duets

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Master and Pupil

  • 11 August 2016 6:30-7:30pm

Henry Purcell was both preceded and succeeded as organist of Westminster Abbey by his musical father John Blow. The keyboard music of both these great figures is strangely enough scarcely known. Hungarian harpsichordist and organist Zsombor Tóth-Vajna will rectify this with a recital of the characteristic music of Blow and Purcell, full of splendid eccentricities in both melody and harmony. The program includes Suites and Grounds by Purcell, a d minor "double" suite and an extravagant F major Chaconne by Blow.

Programme
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Suite No. 1 in G Major, Z. 660
Ground in C Minor, Z. T681

John Blow (1649-1708)
Suite in D minor

Henry Purcell
Suite No. 2 in G minor, Z. 661
A New Ground in E minor, Z. T682
Suite No. 6 in D major, Z. 667
A Ground in D minor, Z. D222

John Blow
Chaconne in F major

Admission

Tickets
£10 and £6 students

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

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A Chanter

  • 18 August 2016 6:30-7:30pm

Anchored by two songs written respectively in the twelfth and seventeenth centuries by the mysterious Comtessa de Dia (fl.c.1175) and the more familiar Henry Purcell (1659-1695), this concert presents a diverse range of both improvised and composed repertories.
Contrasting sonatas by the Italian Ursuline nun Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704) and French composer Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729) feature alongside two English examples of divisions on grounds from the court of Elizabeth I and from a later collection of 1706. Punctuating these works are two solos for viola da gamba and theorbo: the heartrending Les Pleurs by M. de Sainte-Columbe (c.1640-1700), and two movements by the innovative Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (c.1580-1651). The musicians in this concert are current or past students of the Royal College of Music’s Historical Performance department. Anchored by two songs written respectively in the twelfth and seventeenth centuries by the mysterious Comtessa de Dia and the more familiar Henry Purcell, this concert presents a diverse range of both improvised and composed repertories.

Programme
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
If Musick be the food of love

Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704)
Sonata in D minor

M. de Sainte-Colombe (c 1640-1700)
Les Pleurs
Division upon a ground: Paul's Steeple

Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729)
Sonata

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (c 1580-1651)
Toccata VII (Book 3), Passacaglia (Book 4)

Comtessa de Dia (c 1175)
A chantar m'er de so qu'eu no volria
Division upon a Ground: Bergamasca

Admission

Tickets
£10 and £6 students

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

Website

https://www.arttickets.org.uk/handel-hendrix-in-london/a-chanter

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Active Handel!

  • 28 August 2016 — 28 August 2018

Following on from their sold out Christmas family concert, Flautotonic return to Handel House for their new family concert programme: ‘Handel-Active’.
Join Flautotonic for an engaging and interactive family concert exploring the sound world of Handel’s London. With the musicians from Flautotonic recreate a performance of Handel’s Firework Music, experience music from a Georgian theatre and travel up the Thames accompanied by Handel’s Water Music.
Flautotonic are David Beaney (recorders and Baroque flute), Lauren Brant (recorders) Rebecca McChrystal (percussion) and Claire Williams (harpsichord)

Programme
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Augelletti, che cantata from Rinaldo

Air from Water Music

La Rejouissance from Music for the Royal Fireworks

Anon, arr. Flautotonic
Lamento di Tristano and La Rotta

Traditional, arr. Flautotonic
Irish Medley - Blarney Pilgrim
Morrison’s and the The Cup of Tea

Astor Piazolla (1921-1992), arr. Flautotonic
Libertango

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets
£15 and £7 students

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

Website

https://www.arttickets.org.uk/handel-hendrix-in-london/family-event-active-handel

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Mind the Gap

  • 31 August 2016 6:30-7:30pm

The colours and textures of four classical guitars bring to life a wonderfully inventive, eclectic mix of repertoire. Mēla quartet’s arrangements of organ works by J.S. Bach and César Franck are jutaposed with contemporary pieces first imagined for harpsichord (Stephen Dodgson’s Change-Ringers) and pieces inspired by Jimi Hendrix and other contemporary styles.

The Australian composer Philip Houghton’s piece Opals demonstrates his mastery of timbral writing for four guitars, “My world changed when I heard Jimi Hendrix and later on John Williams, Alirio Diaz and Julian Bream. Before that it had been the voice of John Lennon, Bugs Bunny cartoons, rain on the roof, cicadas, crickets and radio static.”

Bryan Johanson’s homage to Hendrix and Handel, Pluck, Strum and Hammer, includes quotes from works by both musicians that Johanson describes as, “passing each other in the score like two good neighbours passing each other in the street”.
Mēla quartet have been performing with each other for 2 years and have recently recorded a CD of chamber music by Stephen Dodgson collaborating with the Eden-Stell guitar duo, violinist Hartmut Richter and soprano Antonia Gentile. Mēla were International Guitar Foundation “Young Artists” and performed at venues throughout the U.K. including King’s Place, London.
The quartet all play on guitars by master luthier Michael Gee.

Programme
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Organ Fugue BWV 578 arr. Mēla

Stephen Dodgson (1924-2013)
Change-Ringers
Intermezzo

Philip Houghton (b.1954)
Opals
Black Opal, Water Opal, White Opal

César Franck (1822-1890) arr. Mēla
Prélude, Fugue et Variation Op.18

Egberto Gismonti (b.1947)/Leo Brouwer (b.1939)
Frevo
Agua e Vinho
Baião Malandro

Bryan Johanson (b.1951)
Pluck, Strum and Hammer

Admission

Tickets
£10 and £6 students

Booking
Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am

Website

https://www.arttickets.org.uk/handel-hendrix-in-london/mind-the-gap

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

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