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.
Jimi Hendrix

Hendrix Talks

  • 20 October 2018 11am-12pm
  • 17 November 2018 11am-12pm
  • 15 December 2018 11am-12pm

Join one of our upcoming Hendrix talks focusing on how Jimi Hendrix used the guitar and changed the way we think about music
Guitarist, and expert of Jimi Hendrix’s sound, Nigel Jones presents this series of interactive talks each with a theme related to an event in Hendrix’s life.

Saturday 15 September 11am-12pm
Jimi Hendrix’s Guitars
As displayed perfectly in the photo above, Hendrix is synonymous with one instrument – the Fender Stratocaster, lending the Strat an iconic status to this day. However, Jimi played a range of guitars that weren’t in fact Stratocasters. Nigel Jones will profile some of the coolest and most surprising of the guitars Hendrix used.

Saturday 20 October 11am-12pm
Electric Ladyland
This October will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s classic album Electric Ladyland. Nigel Jones will demonstrate some of Hendrix’s innovations in guitar playing heard in songs like Crosstown Traffic, Burning of the Midnight Lamp and All Along the Watchtower.

Saturday 17 November 11am-12pm
Hendrix and the Blues
Hendrix famously said that “Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel”. Jimi was a lifelong student of the blues and often included his take on classic blues tracks in his live sets. Come and hear how Hendrix took blues music to its limits throughout his music.

Saturday 15 December 11am-12pm
Fuzz Boxes and other Effects
Hendrix came up with the riff to Purple Haze on this day in 1966 and the day after he was given a set of pedals pedals to which he used to devastating effect. Nigel will demonstrate how Hendrix utilised a variety of effects on his most famous riffs and solos.

Tickets: £12

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12

Website

https://handelhendrix.org/whats-on/events/hendrix-talks/

Jimi Hendrix

Hendrix at The Troubadour

  • 22 September 2018 7:30-11:45pm

After the huge success of our previous Hendrix anniversary gigs, this time we’re taking over the legendary West London venue where legend has it Jimi Hendrix used to jam long into the night.

Alongside some special guest DJs, our headline act for the night will once again be Are You Experienced?
Widely regarded as the top Jimi Hendrix tribute band in Europe, Are Your Experienced? have to be seen to be believed!

Venue: The Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, London SW5 9JA
Tickets: £15

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15

Website

https://handelhendrix.org/whats-on/events/hendrix-at-the-troubadour/

Joanna Harries mezzo soprano

A German Immigrant in London

  • 25 September 2018 6:30-7:30pm

Inspired by Handel’s experience as a German living and working in London, mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries and harpsichordist Will Vann explore a wealth of music from across 18th-century Europe. Composers include Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi, and Scarlatti.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12

Website

https://handelhendrix.org/whats-on/events/german-immigrant-london/

Jordi Savall Masterclass

Masterclass with Jordi Savall

  • 26 September 2018 11am-12pm

World-class musician, Jordi Savall leads a masterclass with our Handel House Talent alumni member, Kate Conway (viola da gamba). An exceptional chance to see an extraordinary master at work.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12

Website

https://handelhendrix.org/whats-on/events/masterclass-jordi-savall/

Two musicians playing the recorders

Family Concert: Gulliver’s Travels

  • 27 October 2018 2-1pm

In 1726, 3 years after Handel arrived in Brook Street, Gulliver’s Travels was published in London. Flautotonic bring this instant bestseller to life with an interactive programme that includes recreating soundscapes of the lands
of Lilliput and Brobdingnag.

Flautotonic are Lauren Brant (recorders), David Beaney (recorders and Baroque flute), Rebecca McChyrstal (percussion) and Claire Williams (harpsichord).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £15, Under-16s £2

Website

https://handelhendrix.org/whats-on/events/family-concert-gullivers-travels/

Portrait of Handel

Handel and the Mandolin

  • 6 November 2018 6:30-7:30pm

The London Mandolin Quartet pays homage to Handel and to his close friendships with some of the great Baroque composers. Sergio Vacca (mandolin), Maxine Wiltshire (mandolin), John Maw (octave mandola) and Alexander Hart (guitar) will perform specially arranged works by Handel.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12

Website

https://handelhendrix.org/whats-on/events/handel-and-the-mandolin/

two musicians standing next to a window

Uniting Styles

  • 4 December 2018 6:30-7:30pm

Flauguissimo celebrate the 350th anniversary of Francois Couperin’s birth with magnificent chamber music by Couperin and Handel. Both were masters of the art of blending styles from different musical traditions. Yu-Wei-Hu (flute) and Johan Löfving (theorbo) are joined for this performance by Magdalena Loth-Hill (violin) and Kate Conway (viola de gamba).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12

Website

https://handelhendrix.org/whats-on/events/uniting-styles/

St George's Hanover Square candles

Christmas Showcase

  • 18 December 2018 7-8:30pm

Handel House invites you to St. George’s Hanover Square to celebrate the Christmas season with our annual end-of-year concert. Each member of our New Artist Scheme will celebrate their year with us, so expect the very best Baroque music performed by the Handel House Talent musicians, both as soloists and ensembles, plus there will be a world-premiere of the Composer-in-Residence commission of new music inspired by Handel House.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15

Website

https://handelhendrix.org/whats-on/events/christmas-showcase/

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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