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
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.

Christmas Treats

  • 18 December 2014 6:30-8pm *on now

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

Master and Apprentice

Master and Apprentice

  • 1 January 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Handel House Museum has appointed Edwin Hillier as its Composer-in-Residence Apprentice for 2014-15. His first concert at Handel House takes place on Thursday 1 January with ‘Master and Apprentice’ performed by recorder quartet BLOCK4.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/master-and-apprentice

East Meets West

East Meets West

  • 8 January 2015 6:30-7:30pm

A meeting of minds…Handel first met Telemann in 1701, and they remained friends for more than 50 years. Telemann was a colleague of Bach’s in Eisenach, and became godfather to his son, Carl Philipp Emanuel in 1714. Jill Kemp (recorders) and Claire Williams (harpsichord) present a programme which juxtaposes these three baroque giants with two of the most inspirational and influential 20th century Japanese composers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/east-meets-west

Nathaniel Mander

BHS Recital: Soirée Française

  • 13 January 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Nathaniel Mander presents an evening of decadence in the company of the great masters of the late French harpsichord tradition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

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

Handel's Tenor

Handel’s Tenor

  • 15 January 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Guy Withers (tenor), accompanied by Robert Court (harpsichord), will explore the varied repertoire Handel wrote for his most favoured tenor, John Beard, in a collaboration that lasted almost twenty years.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/handels-tenor

Winter, Spring, Sommer

Winter, Spring, Summer

  • 22 January 2015 6:30-7:30pm

ARCATA BAROQUE journeys through the seasons with Henry Purcell's frosty setting of Motteux's poem, Arne's of Shakespeare and Hayes' cantata set in Ross-on-Wye. The transition to Spring occurs in Daniel Purcell's Cantata featuring the despairing Clorinda as she awaits the return of her beloved Damon. The concert concludes with a scorching scene of Summer by Boismortier.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

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

Concert

Capturing Cuzzoni: Drama and the Diva

  • 29 January 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Italian operatic sensation Francesca Cuzzoni was Handel’s leading lady at London’s Royal Academy of Music between 1723 and 1728. Join Christina Haldane (soprano), Carl Gionet (harpsichord) as they capture her persona in a programme featuring arias from Ottone, Flavio, Guilio Cesare, Rodelinda, Alessandro and Scipione.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/capturing-cuzzoni

Bach versus Telemann

Bach versus Telemann

  • 5 February 2015 6:30-7:30pm

JS Bach and Telemann were contemporaries at the beginning of the 18th century. At the time Bach’s mastery of harmony and counterpoint was considered old-fashioned and Telemann’s forward-looking style was more popular. La Follia Trio celebrate their different styles and are Sara Minelli (flute), Gregor Riddell (cello) and Marco Vincenzi (harpsichord).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/bach-vs-telemann

BHS Recital

BHS Recital: Winter Blues

  • 10 February 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Harpsichordist James Johnstone performs melancholic music for the winter months by masters of the genre: Froberger, Purcell, Draghi and Ritter.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

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

Lecture

Stanley Sadie Lecture: The Lives of George Frideric Handel

  • 11 February 2015 From 6:30pm

Biographers play a hugely important role in moulding our understanding of Handel. By examining the writing and imagery of Handel Dr David Hunter (Curator, Historical Music Recordings Collection Fine Arts Library, University of Texas) reveals how much of what we think we know is based on narrative technique or storytelling.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Princess Alexandra Hall
Royal Over-Seas League
London
Greater London
SW1A 1LR

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/stanley-sadie-lecture

The Pleasure of the Imagonation

The Pleasures of the Imagination

  • 12 February 2015 6:30-7:30pm

This programme explores the charming but little known string trio repertoire of composers active in London during the second half of the 18th century including one of the few professional female violinists, Magdalena Lombardini Sirmen. The Akenside Players perform and are Anne Marie Christensen and Rebecca Eves (baroque violin) and Amelie Addison (baroque cello).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/pleasures-of-the-imagination

Handel, Bach and Scarlatti

Handel, Bach and Scarlatti: 330 years

  • 19 February 2015 6:30-7:30pm

1685 was a miraculous year for music as three musical greats were born: Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. Asako Ogawa (harpsichord) presents some of their most loved keyboard works including sonatas by Scarlatti; an English Suite by Bach; and Handel’s Suite in G minor.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/handel-bach-and-scarlatti

Play

The Devil to Pay on Brook Street

  • 20 February — 1 March 2015

It is Midnight on the 13 April, 1759.

Former Royal Academy of Music sensation, the imposing Italian diva, Faustina Bordoni, has returned to England for the first time in decades to reignite her London career, with Handel’s assistance.

But the maestro’s health is fast failing. It’s late. The house is quiet.

As Handel’s servants tend his bedside, Faustina, tired and tetchy after an arduous journey, faces an anxious wait to see the ailing genius – with only a lowly maidservant for company.

What follows is both unexpected and disquieting…

Handel House is delighted to present a brand new play with music by Handel, in the historic Rehearsal and Performance Room.

Based on a little known short story by Handel's contemporary, Daniel Defoe, it has a surprisingly eerie resonance with the story of two infamous sopranos in Handel's life, whilst at the same time being a wonderful opportunity to explore an imaginary meeting between two formidable women.

Director Martin Parr was responsible for the spectacular Handel House production of Acis and Galatea at Cannons last summer, and was nominated for Best Director by the Off West End Awards for his production of Hamlet.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15 – limited availability, early booking advised.

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/the-devil-to-pay

Corelli's Opus

Corelli’s Opus 5

  • 5 March 2015 6:30-7:30pm

The Amphion Consort explores one of the most influential music publications of the 18th century: 12 Sonatas for Violin and Continuo Op.5 by Arcangelo Corelli. They are Jennifer Bennett (baroque violin), Piroska Baranyay (baroque cello) and Yair Avidor (theorbo and lute).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/corellis-opus-5

Landowska in London

BHS Saturday: Landowska in London

  • 7 March 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist, pianist, musicologist and teacher, was passionate about early music and a leader in the harpsichord revival at the beginning of the 20th century. She is the subject of this lecture-recital led by harpsichordist Kasia Tomczak-Feltrin who will be joined by her Polish colleagues Katarzyna Kowalik and Pawel Siwczak.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12, £6 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/bhs-landowska-in-london

Anniversaries

Anniversaries

  • 10 March 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Harpsichordist John Henry will celebrate two anniversaries in 2015: Jacquet de la Guerre and Jacques Duphly – and anticipate one a year later – Johann Jakob Froberger. In partnership with the British Harpsichord Society and the British Clavichord Society.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

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

Southwark

The Bird-Fancyer’s Delight

  • 12 March 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Southwark Baroque will celebrate the beautiful and diverse range of chamber music composed for voice and woodwind, with a feathered friends twist! Southwark Baroque are Gwendolen Martin (soprano), David Beaney (recorders) and Claire Williams (harpsichord).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/the-bird-fancyers-delight

Mozart in London

Mozart in London

  • 19 March 2015 6:30-7:30pm

250 years ago Mozart stayed in London from 1764-65. This concert will explore music of the time with works by Boyce and Mozart’s own arrangement of a keyboard sonata by JC Bach. Performed by Concertante of London: Madeleine Easton and Jane Gordon (baroque violins), Emma Alter (baroque viola), Nick Stringfellow (cello) and Nicholas Jackson (harpsichord).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/mozart-in-london

Exhibition Event

Exhibition Event: A Year in the Life of Handel

  • 22 March 2015 6:30-7:30pm

1738 was a year of stiff competition and sublime music making for Handel. Countertenor and RCM PhD student, Randall Scotting, will sing and discuss selections from Serse, Faramondo, Alessandro Severo, and Saul.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/exhibition-concert

Marie van Rhijn

Handel House Talent: Marie van Rhijn

  • 26 March 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Marie van Rhijn (harpsichord) celebrates the 300th anniversary of Jacques Duphly’s birthday. Following François Couperin and Rameau’s paths, his music offers a balance between tender expression and virtuosic figurations, in order to reach the French elegance of the 18th century.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/handel-house-talent-marie-van-rhijn

Handel House Talent

Handel House Talent: George Ross

  • 2 April 2015 6:30-7:30pm

George Ross (cello) accompanied by Marie van Rhijn (harpsichord) embark on a journey through French 18th century solo cello repertoire. The programme will include works by Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Salvatore Lanzetti, Martin Berteau and the Duport brothers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9, £5 students

Website

http://www.handelhouse.org/whats-on/concerts-and-events/handel-house-talent-george-ross

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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